When Christina Valdez's daughter came home from school with an award certificate for presenting the most homework excuses, Desert Springs Academy tried to pass off the teacher's in-class announcement of the child's "award" as joking, she told KGUN TV. Valdez quite rightfully was not amused, says Carol Bengle Gilbert for Yahoo! News. Jokes at the expense of 8-year-olds aren't funny to mature adults and are developmentally detrimental to kids.
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