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 an 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, Nov 20, 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.
Anyone who actually carried out their promise, sure they should be charged. Saying you’ll act like an idiot, I don’t think is a criminal offense. Either that or I’m not savvy when it comes to Canadian law.
On a light hearted note, I remember an old Abbot & Costello television episode. Before driving somewhere, Costello hangs a sign on their car. It said something like this-
This car stops for small children, old ladies, railroad crossings, animals, blondes, brunettes, but backs up 10 miles for redheads.