Furious parents took to Facebook to express their outrage after their children were subjected to ‘Kick a Ginger Kid Day’ attacks.
The assaults on the children at an English school are believed to have been inspired by the American cartoon South Park.
Victims with ginger hair were targeted on their way to classes at the 850-student Wingfield Academy in Rotherham.
Many of the victims were left with heavy bruising — prompting disgusted parents to launch a Facebook page to air their outrage.
The school has since promised those found to have been involved in the attacks will be “strongly reprimanded”.
One mother, who did not want to be named, said her 13-year-old son rang her and pleaded to get out of the school.
She said: “My son rang me and said kids were kicking him saying it was National Kick a Ginger Kid Day. He was scared so I went to get him out of school.
“My son’s leg is swollen and there are bruises coming through.
“It is both boys and girls who have been carrying out this bullying and I want action from the school to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“Apparently it has originated from an episode of the American show South Park and websites have sprung up about it.”
Another parent, the father of a 13-year-old girl, said his daughter was left with heavy bruising from being attacked.
“I think it’s disgusting,” he said. “It’s very upsetting for my daughter. If I went into school and kicked a kid then I would be arrested. She should be able to go to school without having to worry about being kicked in the corridor.
“When I spoke to the police they said they would treat it as an assault, but it is up to the school to involve them,” he said.
A number of websites have chosen Nov 20 as an ‘official’ National Kick a Ginger Kid Day.
The Facebook group set up by parents shows pictures of injured children.
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