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Assault of Calabasas boy is not being investigated as a hate crime

Authorities said today that an assault on a 12-year-old Calabasas boy who was allegedly targeted by his fellow middle school students because of his red hair is not being investigated as a hate crime.

The attack on the boy occurred at A.E. Wright Middle School by as many as 14 classmates, police said. The incident may have been motivated by a Facebook message on Friday saying it was "Kick a Ginger Day."

However, the incident does not meet the criteria of a hate crime, said Lt. Scott Chew of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"This doesn't apply," he said.

"Ginger" is a label given to people with red hair, freckles and fair skin. It gained notoriety from a 2005 episode of "South Park," an animated comedy show with adult humor, in which "gingers" were picked on.

The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was kicked and hit with fists in various areas of the body, police said. His injuries were not severe. 

No arrests were made in the attack. Detectives are investigating the incident as a possible assault with a deadly weapon. 

-- Baxter Holmes
 
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I'm sure this boy views this as a "hate crime" by the neighborhood bullies. Ii's a shame that we hage to try to use the law to discipline other people's children whose parents cannot be bothered to teach them right from wrong.

These are the same law enforcement geniuses who released a woman from custody in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere. She hasn't been seen since.

Mamma -- you said it. This is ultimately about parents raising their children to be kind and accept others -- and to be able to make moral choices. Any child whose morality is somehow guided by jokes on South Park clearly needs, well, more guidance. The desire to turn this into a "hate crime" issue seems to distract and politicize what comes down to bad parenting.

Mamma -- you said it. This is ultimately about parents raising their children to be kind and accept others -- and to be able to make moral choices. Any child whose morality is somehow guided by jokes on South Park clearly needs, well, more guidance. The desire to turn this into a "hate crime" issue seems to distract and politicize what comes down to bad parenting.

This is a "Hate Crime",and I don't care if you are black,brown,green,purple or white.This is outrageous and hope justice is served well in the end.Both him and his parents.Gee wonder if they believe in KARMA!

This boy was not the only one targeted that day. There were at least 4 children at that school assaulted that day. All were picked because of the color of their hair. If that is not a hate crime I don't know what is.

While this case does not technically meet the State or Federal description of a hate crime, it's motivation is most definitely that of prejudice and ignorance. Prejudice is taught and ignorance can be corrected with education. Two things the parents of these children, and to a great extent the school system, need to be held accountable for. If this were a case of vandalism, the parents could be held financially responsible. These parents should be brought to trail along with their children. Maybe then, they'd take a bigger part in teaching these kids right from wrong.

I agree with the other posters: If it had been "Kick a Black Day", or "Kick a Brown Skinned Kid Day", there would be media coverage galore and charges would have been pressed for a hate crime. I think the police ought to rethink this one.

The reason that attacking a White person for having a genetic trait, e.g., is not a 'hate crime' and cannot be considered a 'hate crime' is because attacking a White person because of a genetic trait is condoned, approved and encouraged as appropriate compensation for historic discrimination against minorities.
It is commonly taught in elementary school in California in approved text books the mantra that 'Whites oppress minorities.'
The question is answered simply by if a Black child had been attacked because the child had a flat nose.

I bet if it was kick a coally day this would be a hate crime in a quick minute. I knew it, I knew it, I knew it when they passed the "hate crime bill" that white people would need not apply. DOUBLE STANDARD of course. Thanks Obama and all the dumb SOBs who voted for you. Great job!

BOYCOTT SPONSORS WITH SOUTHPARK/COMEDY CENTRAL UNTIL SOUTHPARK IS TAKEN DOWN. WE NEED TO TAKE A STAND ON PROGRAMS/MUSIC/MOVIES THAT PROMOTE VIOLENCE. ALSO, THE KIDS INVOLVED SHOULD BE PROSECUTED. HIT THE PARENTS IN THE WALLET. MAKE THE KIDS DO COMMUNITY SERVICE TIME, HAVE RECORDS. I READ POSTS FROM FORMER/CURRENT STUDENTS THERE & IT APPEARS THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN SERIOUS INCIDENTS OCCUR. THEY SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE & ON SOME KIND OF PROBATION AS WELL.

move to northern germany or denmark, kid... you'll fit right in.

It makes me laugh how many people try to trash me for homeschooling my daughter..but at least I know where she is at all times, what she is exposed to, and most importanly..that I am teaching her respect and value for all walks of life. Really it comes down to the fact that parents are just too comfortable handing off their own parental authority to a group of teachers that are up to their eyeballs in overcrowded schools, and to a bunch of children who want to make adult decisions but are severely lacking in parental guidance.
You throw a bunch of kids together in that volatile combo, and this is what you get.

Everytime children act out the media and authorities search for something or someone to lay the blame on. South Park and Facebook are not responsible for this. Parents have the most influence over their children. Just like video games and heavy metal can't be blamed for school shootings. Thank you LA Times for not placing any blame on the parents and school faculty.

The article should read "Racist Mexicans Target White Children"

I'm a redhead so don't screw with me. I'm proud of my status. All assaults against redheads should be viewed as a hate crime. Redheads are rare species after all. We've got plenty of blonds and brunettes. Why not go after them instead?

and if the kid fought back, THAT probably would have been considered a hate crime on his part. those kids need to have their asses kicked.

If this "case does not technically meet the State or Federal description of a hate crime (Bill)," then something is wrong with the description. The idea of "hate crimes" is already hypocritical and racist. So now we're going to make it more hypocritical and racist by deliberately excluding white people from seeking justice via this law? What a joke.

Also, why did the author cite the South Park episode for the term "ginger" but not the South Park episode in which the kids expose hate crimes legislation for the "savage hypocrisy" it is? (And don't tell me that would be editorializing - the author already did that by implying South Park was responsible for the term.)

It's getting close to the time for White America to just circle the wagons.
Amen Peter

all you people are absolutey right! hate crimes only apply to blacks, mexicans,and of course the untouchable muslims.six black kids(the so called jenna six) beat a white kid into a coma and the rev. al (scumbag) sharpton raced to their aid declairng the white kides provoked them to do this and it was not a hate crime! of course this is the same al sharpton that fabracated the rape of a 15 year black girl by white men who smeard feces on her, proven to be a bald face lie. r.i.p. u.s.a

TAKE THIS AS ANOTHER INDICATION THAT IT IS PAST TIME FOR CIVILIZED PEOPLE TO ABANDON CALIFORNIA FOR SOMEPLACE WITH AT LEAST SOME RUDIMENTARY RECOGNITION OF THE VALUE OF LAW OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION.

To be charged with a hate crime the victim must be black or hispanic and the perpetrator must be white. It doesn't work the other way around.

Please! Fire the Principal. Fire the VP. Fire the Board. It starts at the top. With the right policies, and leadership this kind of behavior can be greatly reduced and possibly eliminated. With the right leadership and supervision, this should not have happened.
School Board Member for 12 years.

My brother and I were both redheads and took a lot of guff in school But I liked Robert O'H's comment about the thick Irish skull. Take heart, kid. You'll toughen with age. Guaranteed.

It's not South Park's fault. I'm a red head and I thought that episode was hilarious! The point of it was to make fun of kids (like Cartman) who categorize others and hate them for things like hair or skin color. Besides, hatred towards gingers has been going on for 100s of years. Take a history course and stop shifting the blame. If a parent doesn't think their kid can handle/ understand the meaning of an adult show that comes on late at night, then they shouldn't let their kid watch it. Be proactive and take responsibility for what your child does.

 
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