Red-headed children at a South Yorkshire school have been left battered and bruised – after being attacked by fellow pupils during an unofficial ‘kick a ginger day.’
The assaults – apparently inspired by an episode of the cartoon South Park – took place at the Wingfield Academy, Wingfield Road, Rotherham.
Parents at the school, which has 850 pupils aged between 11 and 16, have now launched a Facebook group to highlight the issue, posting pictures of their children’s bruises and leading calls to ensure there is no repeat of the violence.
The father of a 13-year-old girl said his daughter had come home with bruised legs after being singled out because of her hair colour.
He said: “I think it’s disgusting. It’s very upsetting for my daughter. If I went into school and kicked a child then I would be arrested.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The force was made aware of incidents at Wingfield Academy, Rotherham and – following national guidelines – the school took the lead and dealt with the matter.
Senior staff at the academy said the pupils who carried out the attacks had been ‘strongly reprimanded’.