Rhythm Pacheco, 10, was completing a maths test when she came across a question that she thought was offensive, and wrote a note to her teacher to back up her belief.
When her mum Naomi found the note, she shared her daughter’s work online which has sparked a huge response praising the pupil for standing up for what she thinks is right, reports The Mirror .
Working through the maths test, Rhythm came across a question asking her to compare the weights of three female students and determine ‘how much heavier’ Isabel was than the lightest student.
Circling the question, she wrote: “This is offensive. Sorry I won’t right this it’s rood.”
The pupil from Utah, who was initially worried about how her teacher would respond, then wrote a letter to explain why she didn’t want to solve the problem, as reported by Today .
“I don’t want to be rude but I don’t think that math problem was very nice because that’s judging people’s weight,” she said.
“Also the reason I did not do the sentence is because I just don’t think that’s nice. Love Rhythm.”
Her concern that the question could be damaging to young girls who may already feel insecure about their bodies flooded her parents with pride.
“Rhythm’s dad and I were extremely proud of Rhythm for listening to her gut instincts and standing up for what is right,” said Naomi.
“Rhythm’s teacher was so responsive and handled the situation with such care. She told her she understands how she would be upset about this and that she didn’t have to write out the answer.”
Others were quick to praise the youngster, with one writing on Facebook: “Way to go Rhythm! Love how strong of a person you are at a young age. This will serve you well in life.”
Another said: “As someone who grew up as an overweight child in the 70s I can tell you it was absolutely brutal. Zero tolerance was not a thing, kudos to this child for being sensitive to others’ disabilities.”