Student Upset Over Negative Award

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A mother in Tucson is upset with her daughter's school because of an award she received. Cassandra Garcia received a Catastrophe Award for most excuses for not having her homework.

The eight-year-old was confused and upset because she has a folder with all of her completed homework. The girl's mother said her daughter also felt humiliated.

"She said the teachers announced the award in front of the whole class and all the children were laughing at her," said Christina Valdez.

The girl's mom said she called the principal to complain about the award but it didn't help.

"She blew me off. And said it was a joke that was played and that the teachers joke around with the children," Valdez said.

When Desert Springs Academy was contacted for this story, the principal wouldn't comment.

Psychologist Sheri Bauman at the University of Arizona College of Education says any negative award is inappropriate. Even if it's supposed to be a joke, it's not good.

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