Christina Valdez, the mom of 8-year-old Cassandra Garcia, who was given a 'Catastrophe Award' from her teacher at Desert Springs Academy for having the most homework excuses, is hitting back at critics who accuse her of being a bad parent (video below).
The Tucson, Arizona mom claimed that she could remember only three or four times when Cassandra's homework was incomplete during the school year.
She told ABC News: "It's not the case that I was MIA. I am there 24-7 with my kids and they do have a routine that they follow with homework and things they have to do around the house."
"There are a few assignments that weren't turned in and that I didn't know of because Cassandra didn't write them in the homework book."
"All I ever wanted was just an apology, for the principal to acknowledge that [the award] wasn't acceptable … and they have not yet apologized."
Valdez has taken her daughter out of school to avoid humiliation. Valdez will not enroll her daughter at Desert Springs Academy next year.