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WESTMINSTER : Red Cross to Give Lessons in Tolerance

The American Red Cross will spend several days training Westminster High School students in cultural sensitivity following two incidents last week in which Asian and Latino students were slightly injured in fights sparked by racial tension.

Red Cross officials offered to conduct the cultural diversity seminars--to begin Oct. 17--and school officials readily accepted, said local Red Cross spokesman John Heathcliff.

Westminster school officials said about 1,500 ninth- and 10th-graders are expected to be involved in the program, which will consist of group discussions exploring the values of different cultures and ways to avoid offending different ethnic groups.

Last week, three Asian students were beaten by a group of eight Latino students with chains and sticks two days after a Latino youth was stabbed during a scuffle with three Asian students.

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One 15-year-old Latino student has been arrested in the beating incident and three 15-year-old Vietnamese students were arrested in connection with the stabbing.


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