Facebook Group Incites Violence Against Redheads
FACEBOOK are under fire today for including a group that encourages members to "Kick A Ginger". Already there have been several reports of red-haired people being assaulted at random as a result. The group is 5,000 strong.
Nearly 5,000 people joined the online campaign which urged members to "get them steel toes ready" for a day of booting this week.
The website appears to have been inspired by a recent episode of the cartoon South Park, in which a young character called Cartman describes people with red hair as evil and soulless.
Dozens of children left messages on the page claiming to have carried out attacks on "National Kick a Ginger Day" on Thursday, and a girl in Alberta, Canada claimed that she and her 13-year-old sister were punched and kicked by pupils at their school.
The 14-year-old boy from Vancouver who ran the Facebook group has apologised and insisted that it was only meant as a joke, but the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has launched an investigation and warned that those involved could face charges.
"We do treat this sort of thing seriously," a police spokeswoman told the Vancouver Sun newspaper. "This is sort of inciting hate. It's a hate crime, really."