- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
WHAT THE HECK???
A CANADIAN schoolgirl with bright red hair was kicked repeatedly by up to 20 classmates today as part of a bullying day inspired by US animated TV series South Park, The Windsor Star reported.
Gwendolyn Russell, 14, called her mother in tears soon after getting to school and had to go home mid-morning as she was targeted by fellow Grade 9 students during “Kick A Ginger Day.”
The event was invented in a 2005 “South Park” episode, in a bid to satirise discrimination. But unfortunately, the cartoon comedy’s attempt to make a point appears to have backfired in real life.
Gwendolyn’s mother, Samantha Russell, told the Star her daughter suffered bruises to her legs after being kicked more than 20 times, and at least four other red-haired girls were also assaulted.
“I’m infuriated. There should be zero tolerance for something like this,” she added.
According to the paper, school administrators have already suspended four male students from taking part in a football game after they were seen on video kicking the girl. Up to 20 students in total could face discipline.
“This behaviour isn’t acceptable,” Joe Picard, superintendent of human resources for the French Catholic District School Board, said. “As such, steps and measures will be taken. Above that, you need to be proactive in teaching empathy to the kids and social responsibility.”
Ms Russell said her daughter had problems on “Kick A Ginger Day” when she was at elementary school and was forced to stay home during the day last year.
if i was the parent i would be calling the cops – what are they not teaching young people these days???