Monday, November 30, 2009

T.V. is Fantasy to some, But it's also Reality to Many

3 Boys Arrested in Kick a Ginger Day Beatings


CALABASAS -- Sheriff's officials say three boys have been arrested in connection with at least seven attacks on red-haired students at a local middle school after a Facebook group announced "Kick a Ginger Day."

Two 12-year-old students at A.E. Wright Middle School were arrested on suspicion of battery on school property, and a 13-year-old boy was accused of threatening to inflict injury by means of electronic communication, also known as "cyber-bullying," said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

The first reported victim was a 12-year-old boy in the seventh grade, said sheriff's Lt. Scott Chew of the Malibu-Lost Hills Station.

Investigators say he was kicked and beaten by classmates in two separate incidents.

"He was kicked and hit with fists in various areas of the body."

Several other students also may have been attacked, Chew said.

The attacks were allegedly inspired by a 2005 episode of the animated TV show "South Park" which focused on prejudice against "gingers," a label given to people with red hair, fair skin, and freckles.

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