No Labels Attached: Breaking Down Misconceptions and Stereotypes with SRL Students

To help understand the impact of stereotypes, SRL participants asked fellow students in what ways they have been stereotyped.

Learn more about PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs here.


From mistaken identity to straight-up racism and sexism, furthering stereotypes can cause a fair number of problems. To help understand their impact, SRL students were tasked with dissecting the myriad of stereotypes that affect their peers.

Find their videos below.

Etiwanda High School | Rancho Cucamonga

“Skateboarding to Combat Stress”

As a skateboarder, Tera breaks down stereotypes often attributed to young Asian American girls.  This video was produced by Zhenwei Gao, Mariya Korinenko, and Izabel Paradones at Etiwanda High School in California with support from Connected Educator Bernadine Judson.

“Child of Same-Sex Couple: A Parent is… a Parent”

Same-sex parents Colby and Krista talk about how they are just like any other parents, no matter what other people think. This story was produced by Marisa Johnson, Nikky Lord Gaddi, and Kimore Willis at Etiwanda High School in California with support from Connected Educator Bernadine Judson.

Ontario High School | Ontario

“Male Cheerleader Defies Stereotypes and Haters”

This story features Robert, a dancer who, despite criticism, became a male cheerleader at his high school. The video was produced by Anlli Ramirez at Ontario High School in California with support from Connected Educator Traci White.

“Men Care About Fashion Too: I Wear Colorful Colors”

Jayden, president of his high school’s fashion club, receives negative comments about what he wears,  but he believes in the freedom to wear what he wants. This story was produced by Raymond Godina, Anthony Lopez, Felix Guevara, Alexa Vega, and Arlene Avila at Ontario High School in California with support from Connected Educator Traci White.

Northview High School | Covina

“Middle School Bullying Still Affects How I Dress in High School”

This story features Angeleah Torres discussing the impact racial stereotyping has had on her life. The video was produced by Mason Da Bella, Michaela Koller, Destiny Moran, Matthew Pachuca, and Angeleah Torres at Northview High School in California with support from Connected Educator Amy Woods.

“My Apple Watch Makes People Think I Have Money”

Andrew talks about how misconceptions can be harmful, such as the misconception that he is rich because of what he wears. This story was produced by Anthony Marquez, Alex Lopez, Stephanie Simonian, and Alex Lizarraga at Northview High School in California with support from Connected Educator Amy Woods.

“People Just Assume I’m Mexican”

This story features Francisco, often mislabeled as Mexican, even though he is Nicaraguan-American, as he discusses how hurtful it is for his real culture and ethnicity to be taken for granted. The video was produced by David Ramos, Melissa Cardenas, and Julissa Caldera at Northview High School in California with support from Connected Educator Amy Woods.

“I’m Mexican and People Mock How I Talk”

Jimena, who speaks Spanish, is often mocked because of the way she speaks and she knows many others who go through the same situation. This story was produced by Anthony Marquez, Alex Lopez, Stephanie Simonian, and Alex Lizarraga at Northview High School in California with support from Connected Educator Amy Woods.

“Understanding  a Religion: Go See it for Yourself”

This story features Josh talking about how he made the effort to understand a religion that is different from his own. The video was produced by David Ramos, Melissa Cardenas, and Julissa Caldera at Northview High School in California with support from Connected Educator Amy Woods.

“I’m Guatemalan and get Labeled as Mexican”

Ronaldo discusses how easily stereotypes can lead to racism. This story was produced by David Munoz, Jesse Robles, and Gabriel Cardenas at Northview High School in California with support from Connected Educator Amy Woods.

West Ranch High School | Stevenson Ranch

“Women in STEM: Stereotypes Can’t Stop Me”

Members of West Ranch High School’s Society of Women Engineers don’t let stereotypes about what women should do hold them back. This video was produced by Caylen Greenberg, Anne Taguba, and Brian No at West Ranch High School in California with support from Connected Educator Jennifer Overdevest.