INDIANAPOLIS — Sixth-grader Matt Porter didn’t enjoy getting “Most Likely Not To Have Children” and “Sir Clowns-a-Lot” awards from two teachers at his school.
Matt said he received the awards in front of classmates during a ceremony at the Decatur Intermediate Learning Center at the end of the recently finished school year. His mother and his stepfather have asked the Decatur Township school system to reprimand the teachers, and they want an apology.
“Words cut deeper than any knife could. They hurt,” said his stepfather, Joseph Sims. “When you hurt a child like that, you not only hurt him mentally, but it does hurt physically because you withdraw within yourself. That is what Matthew has done.”
The certificates were signed by the teachers who distributed them. Matt recalled what the ceremony was like.
“I was standing in the middle of (the two teachers), and they (were) reading them off,” he said. “Everyone was laughing.”
Matt felt humiliated.
“They (were) putting us down and everything,” he said. “That is not what their job is for, to put kids down. They are supposed to teach us.”