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Published April 24, 2012, 06:50 PM

Moorhead seventh grader helping school fight racism

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A Moorhead 7th grader is fighting to stop racism at Horizon Middle School.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

A Moorhead 7th grader is fighting to stop racism at Horizon Middle School. Seventh grader Elizabeth Siqueros says she was hurt to see a worksheet with questions about Speedy Gonzales in her World Language Class.

She says the cartoon character is insulting because of the negative stereotypes attached. Siqueros, her mother, and friends are working with Moorhead Public Schools administrators on tackling racism.

Elizabeth Siqueros – 7th Grader: “It broke my heart because it meant that the only class that talked about my culture was wrong and it was racist.”

Wayne Kazmierczak – Assistant Superintendent: “We always encourage students to reach out to an adult any time there is an issue, a perceived issue that they need some help with.”

Kazmierczak says teachers will take a closer look at lesson plans to make sure material they use is sensitive to all cultures.

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