ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. – Two Rockdale County school teachers won’t be returning to the classroom after giving a “Most Likely to Not Pay Attention” award to an eight grade student with ADHD, according to a report by a local Atlanta news station.
WSB-TV reported the student at Memorial Middle School in Conyers, Georgia was given the award at a school assembly last week.
Parents have called the award insensitive and said the teachers should have known better.
Rockdale County Public Schools chief of strategy and innovation Cindy Ball issued a statement condemning the award. She issued the following statement to WSB-TV:
Earlier this week, we learned about an awards ceremony held during spirit week at Memorial Middle School that had insensitive award categories. RCPS will neither condone nor tolerate any activities or insensitive behavior that may cause embarrassment or humiliation to our children.
School officials said the two teachers who handed out the award will not return to Memorial Middle School or any Rockdale public school.