Ghettoutta Here: Teacher’s “Ghetto Awards” Have Some Parents Outraged

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SULPHUR SPRINGS--Hey, you've seen the 3R's of education: readin', 'ritin' and 'rithmatic.  (You have no idea how hard it is to get that phrase through spellcheck.)

In one northeast Texas classroom, some parents say their was a fourth r: racism.

"Did she just say ghetto on a certificate that she was giving my grandson?" Debra Jose asked.

Yeah she did. Students in a class at Sulphur Springs Middle School were the not-so-proud recipients of the "ghetto awards."
The certificates even include official signatures from the teacher and the principal, but the district says the principal's signature was fake.

But take another look. It's the eighth annual ghetto awards. The teacher's only been in the district two years.

"I believe she done the same thing six year's prior in a previous district," Sulphur Springs Superintendent Michael Lamb said

And apparently 60 kids got the award in Sulphur Springs last year, according to the superintendent.

The students families say the teacher is the one who needs a history lesson about how one word can bring back a lot of hurt.

"When I was growing up they segregated us. They put us in a part where they said we were ghetto," Jose said.