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Student Refuses To Answer 'Offensive' Maths Question

A young girl has labeled a maths question comparing the weight of one girl to another "offensive".

Rhythm Pacheco, a 10-year-old from Utah in the US, was completing her homework when she came across a question which didn't seem right to her.

Instead of the maths confusing her, however, it was the question's context.

"The table to the right shows the weight of three Grade 4 students," the question read.

"How much heavier is Isabel than the lightest student?"

Rhythm was not impressed.

"This is offensive," she wrote next to the question, which she had circled.

"Sorry I won't right this its rood [sic]."

Image: Naomi Pacheco

The 10-year-old's mother, Naomi, uploaded a photo of her daughter's response to Facebook.

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Rhythm later wrote a letter to her teacher explaining her response.

"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 wrote in the letter, which the family shared with the Today.

"Also, the reason I did not do the sentence is cause I just don't think that's nice."

Image: Today

Rhythm's teacher understood her reasoning.

"Rhythm's teacher was so responsive and handled the situation with such care," Naomi told Today.

"She told Rhythm that she understands how she would be upset about this and that she didn't have to write out the answer."

Mrs. Shaw even corrected her student's grammar on the note and gave it back.

Looks like Rhythm is moving to the beat of her own drum.