Judge says suit can go forward

Published 3:10 pm Saturday, December 10, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — A judge has ruled that a race discrimination lawsuit over a homecoming dress-up day can continue against Red Wing Public Schools.

Former Red Wing High School student Quera Pruitt, who is African-American, claims officials in the mostly-white school did not prevent students from holding a non-sanctioned homecoming event in 2009 called “Wigger Day,” even though the event had happened before.

The district had moved to dismiss the entire case, but U.S. District Judge David Doty refused. In Friday’s ruling, Doty allowed the lawsuit to go forward on at least one claim. He also dismissed several claims but allowed the former student to amend and re-file those claims.

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Pruitt’s lawyer said he’s glad the case is moving forward.

District officials deny they created a racially-hostile environment.