Kids Attack Redheads on 'Kick a Ginger' Day

Facebook group, inspired by 'South Park,' told teens to kick peers

By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 23, 2008 4:31 PM CST

(Newser) – Inspired by a Facebook page, kids in Vancouver spent a day kicking and punching redheads for fun, the Vancouver Sun reports. Trouble is, being hit hurts. "I was amazed by the amount of people that kicked me," said 13-year-old Aaron Mishkin, who figures he was assaulted about 80 times. An online group promoting "Kick a Ginger" day started it all.

The group's 14-year-old creator, who based the page on a South Park episode, apologized and said it was intended as a joke. But after students went home with injuries and 20 kids were suspended at one middle school, the RCMP is investigating the group, saying it may have spurred a hate crime. "It's really unprecedented," one cyber-bullying expert said.

In schools across Canada, redheaded kids found themselves the victims of a campaign of kicking that some law enforcement officials are calling a possible hate crime.
In schools across Canada, redheaded kids found themselves the victims of a campaign of kicking that some law enforcement officials are calling a possible hate crime.   (Flickr)
The Facebook group encouraging students to kick redheads may have been inspired by an episode of South Park.
The Facebook group encouraging students to kick redheads may have been inspired by an episode of "South Park."   (Flickr)
Targeted kids expressed surprise and outrage at finding themselves the victims of their classmates' leg-swinging campaign.
Targeted kids expressed surprise and outrage at finding themselves the victims of their classmates' leg-swinging campaign.   (Flickr)
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I left the class, and we have seven minutes to get to the next class, and I was amazed by the amount of people that kicked me along the way. - Aaron Mishkin, a 13-year-old with curly red hair, who came to school unsuspecting

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