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At least seven redhaired students were victims of 'ginger' attacks, authorities say

At least four redhaired girls and three boys are believed to have been victims of the so-called ginger attacks at a Calabasas middle school that authorities say were inspired by a Facebook message, a Los Angeles County sheriff's investigation has revealed.

The seven victims were targeted in a series of assaults at or near A.E. Wright Middle School that began early Friday after the perpetrators acted on a Facebook message that informed them it was "Kick a Ginger Day," authorities said. Ginger is a label given to people with red hair, freckles and fair skin.

Detectives have identified  eight boys at the school as formal subjects of the investigation, said Steve Whitmore, a sheriff’s spokesman. No arrests have been made.

The investigation began after a 12-year-old redheaded boy was assaulted by his classmates at the school, authorities said. His cuts and bruises were treated by a school nurse, who reported the incident to the principal.

"This was the most serious of the assaults," Whitmore said. "The other incidents tended to be pushing, shoving and intimation. More of an aggressive bullying."

The assailants were seventh- and eighth-graders at the school, authorities said. Sources familiar with the probe said that some action will probably be taken against at least four of the perpetrators.

Many of the new victims came forward amid the publicity surrounding the bizarre attacks, authorities said. Detectives are investigating the incidents as possible assaults with a deadly weapon.

Investigators say they believe the attacks were inspired by the television show "South Park." A satirical 2005 episode focused on prejudice against "gingers" after one of the characters claimed that people with red hair, light skin and freckles have no souls and suffer from a disease called "Gingervitis."

School officials have pledged to take disciplinary action against any of the students who participated in the attacks.

Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt has said the network relies on its more than 300 million users to report problems with groups or events. Staff members then follow up to see if groups should be removed or reported to law enforcement, he said.

-- Richard Winton

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Out of curiosity, why would any good parent allow their 12-year old to be up til 10pm on a school night, and allow them to watch an adult cartoon, such as Southpark? Or are the parents not able to monitor what their kids watch? This is why Cable has family programming that does not include adult channels for children.

Danny O is long overdue for a good ass whuppin, Red Head, top and Bottom, and if you don't beleive it, he will show you........Pevert

Sounds like a hate crime

As a native of England, I fail to comprehend how anyone could mistake Redness for Weakness. there is no doubt among The Celtic and the Gailic that red hair is not Only special, but,indeed, redness should be feared and revered. In my culture, we understand that red-haired people may "flip" at any moment. We understand that redheads may be "different"; we KNOW they are special. Continents which do do not naturally or usually produce red-haired people are most likely to be alarmed or afraid of them.... but let us not degenerate into past prejudices about colour ...in the case of the Ginner, the battle would be over before it began! Red hair is merely a melding of genes...the personality of a redhead is the result. Beware anyone who believes Ginners are there to be abused. They will be taught a sorry lesson.

By the way, in case you wonder, I am NOT ginger, I am FAIR!!

The human mind is very pliable and easily led these days. I wonder if I start a 'Take yourself to a bridge and jump off day' group on Facebook, how many would actually do it?

They should rename the school "A E Wrong"

Hmm i wonder if the people attacking these young people know of the viking stock whence they came? and that they will prob never rest until they get revenge on the perps. not a good idea to gang up on a red head .... trust me i married one lol


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