Suit: Minnesota High School Students Mocked Blacks

August 4, 2011 - 4:00 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit claims that for at least two years, dozens of students at one Minnesota high school mocked African-Americans during homecoming week by wearing low-slung pants, oversized sports jerseys and flashing gang signs.

The lawsuit filed last week claims the activity at Red Wing High School created a racially hostile environment and administrators failed to stop it or punish the participants.

The day was unofficially known as Wednesday Wigger Day. The lawsuit says wigger is a pejorative word for a white person who imitates mannerisms, language and clothes associated with black culture.

The lawsuit says the event left Quera Pruitt, one of the few black students at the school 50 miles southeast of the Twin Cities, with extreme emotional distress. She graduated in 2010.

The district denies the allegations.