The show “South Park” started a fad a couple of years ago that has evolved into a new form of prejudice against Gingers. For all of you in the dark; a Ginger is a person with red hair and freckles:
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 boys were booked Wednesday. They have been released to the custody of their parents. No one was seriously injured in the Nov. 20 attacks at A.E. Wright Middle School. The investigation is ongoing. Some 25 juveniles have been questioned by investigators in connection with the attacks, which were apparently inspired by an episode of the “South Park” cartoon series.
The three arrested were among eight male students identified as the possible culprits, according to sheriff’s officials. 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 accosted by seventh and then eighth-graders,” said Lt. Richard Erickson of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department. “He was kicked and hit with fists in various areas of the body.” His injuries were not severe enough to require hospitalization, though detectives said they were pursuing the investigation as a possible assault with a deadly weapon.
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. Detectives investigated if the assaults were related to “kick a ginger day,” which began last year when some young people circulated messages on the Internet urging people to beat up redheads on Nov. 20.