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.

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I bet she'll do her homework next year. Truly, if I was the mother, I wouldn't be publicizing this — she's clearly a bad parent for not making her daughter live up to her responsibilities.

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Teacher here. If the mom had no idea there was a homework issue, then SHE should get her own "catastrophe - parent has head in clouds and no accountability" award. We handed out awards this week. That one is funny and should be taken as such. Signed with a smiley face is NOT an ill-intentioned situation. We have brain-stormed MANY a teacher meeting to come up with awards for students that are disruptive and disrespectful all day. Best door holder, fast runner, etc.

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I look at it like this...if that kid would have done her homework like she was supposed to, then that "Catastrophe Award" nonsense wouldn't have happened. Case closed.

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The mother should be embarrassed she can't get her eight yr old daughter to do homework! BS she has no idea. I would be asking my kid everyday if she had homework or not. See this is why kids act so crappy!

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Although I don't agree with what the teacher did, the girl should have done her homework and the parents should have made sure she was doing it.

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JUST FLUNK THE BRAT, HAVE HER REPEAT THE GRADE, HER MOTHER CAN'T SUE, FOR THAT.

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Which will probably followed with a 10 million dollar lawsuit that will be settled out of court for 2.

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@terri Agreed!!!!

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The kid and the parents need to get over it and the kid needs to do her homework.

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