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'Kick a Ginger Day' Spawned At Least 5 Attacks on Redheaded Kids

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Why were redheaded kids getting beat up last week? (Photo by Brymo via Flickr)
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Kids at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas hopped on the bandwagon fueled by a Facebook group posting that declared last Friday "Kick a Ginger Day." Inspired by TV's irreverent Comedy Central show South Park, of which a 2005 episode "focused on prejudice against 'gingers,' a label given to people with red hair, fair skin, and freckles," school-age kids participated in beatings of redheaded classmates, according to KTLA.

Last year a Facebook group sprung up, and on Friday, "at least five attacks on red-haired students" took place at A.E. Wright, including a 7th grader who was "kicked and beaten by 14 classmates in two separate incidents," and three other kids who have come forward. Authorities "are pursuing the investigation as a possible assault with a deadly weapon," though no one required hospitalization.

A search of Facebook reveals that the only groups referencing "Kick a Ginger" remaining on the site are those opposed to the action.

Anyone with information about "Kick a Ginger Day" incidents at the school should call the Calabasas sheriff's station at (818) 878-1808.