Two teachers at a Georgia middle school will not be returning to work after giving an eigth-grade student with ADHD an “insensitive” award, officials said.
The incident occurred at a ceremony last week for eighth-graders at Memorial Middle School in Conyers, about 25 miles southeast of Atlanta.
There, the student who has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder received a trophy, presented by teachers, inscribed with “MOST LIKELY TO ‘NOT PAY ATTENTION,’ ” the student’s mother told Fox 5 News.
Nicole Edwards was both angry and hurt when her 14-year-old daughter brought the award home.
“I feel like it was very derogatory. I feel like it was humiliating,” she told the news station. She added, “My first thought was, I wanted to know how my child felt when she walked across that stage and got that award. I became furious.”
Edwards added that the school has called in the past to report problems with her daughter’s trouble when paying attention in class.
“Why call me to discipline her, but yet you turn around and give her an award for it?” Edwards told Fox 5. “It doesn’t make sense.”
Source: Twitter – Lori A Wilson