Arizona Girl Given Fake Award For Best Homework Excuses; Mom Says Teacher "Humiliated" Her

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The mother of an 8-year-old girl presented with a "Catastrophe Award" for the best/most excuses for not doing homework believes her child was humiliated by her teacher.

Christina Valdez said her daughter, Cassandra Garcia, came home one day from class at Desert Springs Academy in Tucson, Ariz., with the paper award.

The document, which looks like a colorful card, says: "You're Tops! Catastrophe Award. Awarded to Cassandra Garcia. For Most Excuses for Not Having Homework!"

The teacher signed and dated the card, which included a smiley face.

The teacher announced the award in front of Garcia's entire third grade class, while other students laughed at her daughter, Valdez told KGUN-TV in Tucson.

When she called to complain, the principal "blew me off," Valdez added. "She said it was a joke that was played and that the teachers joke around with the children."

Valdez told KGUN that she didn't find any of it funny.

"I think it's cruel and no child should be given an award like this. It's disturbing," she said, adding that she was unaware of any problem with homework.