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Teachers give student with ADHD ‘Most Likely to Not Pay Attention' award

by: Lori Wilson, WSBTV.com Updated:

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CONYERS, Ga. - Two middle school teachers are out of a job after giving eighth-grade student an award that some parents said was insensitive.

A student with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at Memorial Middle School in Conyers was given the Mostly Likely to Not Pay Attention award at a school assembly this week.

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Some parents said the teachers should have known that it was not right.

Rockdale County Public Schools Superintendent Richard Autry said the following statement:

“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.”

“At this time, I would like to thank the Superintendent, Mr. Autry, for taking immediate action regarding this matter,” Nicole Edwards, the student’s mother, said. “My family appreciates his concern. My goal is to make sure that this horrible event never happens to another kid again. As a parent, it is my job to protect my child from being humiliated and bullied, especially when the bully is her teacher. Making fun of any disability is not acceptable.”