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Girl humiliated after receiving award for most homework excuses: Queen's University expert

2012-06-11

Queen’s University education expert Trevor Strong is available to comment on the controversy about an eight-year-old Arizona girl receiving an award from her teacher in front of her class for having the most homework excuses. The mother of the girl says it was humiliating while the school principal said it was just a harmless joke.

“Humour is all about intentions and this was a poorly timed joke,” says Mr. Strong “No matter what, this was a bad idea. Even if it was meant to be ironic, eight-year-olds don’t get that.”

Mr. Strong is a member of the popular comedy group Arrogant Worms and a Queen’s University masters student in education who has written a paper on students and inappropriate humour.

Please note Mr. Strong is available for phone interviews after noon.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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