"Wigger Wednesday" lawsuit alleging racism in Red Wing resolved
"Wigger Wednesday" lawsuit resolved
See also: "Wigger Wednesday": Black student sues school district alleging racism
A black student's lawsuit against Red Wing High School over "Wigger Wednesday" has been settled pending court approval.
Last summer, Quera Pruitt sued the high school for allowing students to create a "Wigger Wednesday" during homecoming. That created a racially hostile environment for Pruitt, according to her attorney, Joshua Williams, who told City Pages at the time that "'Wigger Day' is the same thing as 'Nigger Day.'"
About 60-70 students "wore cocked baseball caps, sports jerseys, and gang colors" for at least three years running, according to the lawsuit, in celebration of "Wigger Wednesday," which was also known as "Wangster Day."
Although the event wasn't formally sanctioned by the school, administrators did nothing to punish the organizers or prevent the event, so Pruitt sued the school district.
That lawsuit has been resolved this week, according to a report in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. The Red Wing school board voted to settle the lawsuit 6-1, although the school board's members refused to discuss the settlement with the paper.
Pruitt's attorney confirmed to City Pages that the lawsuit is over.
"The matter has been resolved for an undisclosed amount, pending court approval," Joshua Williams said.
He declined to discuss the lawsuit further.
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