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Two Calgary teenagers have been handed absolute discharges in an assault on a classmate on so-called ‘Kick a Ginger Day.’

Judge Lynn Cook-Stanhope said on Friday she was satisfied the teenagers had taken responsibility for their actions, and she saved her scathing remarks for the animated television show South Park, which she called a “vulgar, socially irreverent program that contributes nothing to society.” Unfortunately, the writers and producers of the show will never be called to account for encouraging such action, the judge added.

The charges stemmed from an attack on a red-headed Grade 10 boy in the locker room of St. Francis High School after gym class. The locker room assault happened on Nov. 20, which was promoted by a Facebook group as Kick a Ginger Day. The Facebook group urged members to kick people with red hair — referred to as ginger kids. The group was likely inspired by a South Park episode from 2005 focusing on one character’s hateful attitude toward redheads.

At least three Calgary schools reported attacks that day on red-headed students.

At St. Francis High School, police were asked to investigate rumours of a locker-room swarming, and 13 students were suspended. Two 15-year-old boys were charged with one count each of assault and pleaded guilty in youth court. They can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. On Friday, Cook-Stanhope said that since the assault, one of the teenagers has done community service, while the other made a donation to a youth club. Both have written letters of apology to the victim, who she said is still dealing with the aftermath of the assault.

Hah! Stupid Judge, everybody knows “Kick a Ginger Day” is November 28th!




  1. gmknobl says:

    I’m betting the South Park episode was funny but I don’t blame SP so much as the students who were probably raised poorly.

  2. 888 says:

    Seeing the caption picture’s face makes me want to kick his ass myself right away!

  3. ECA says:

    NOW,
    can we blame violence on TV??

    NOW lets try SEX..

  4. Robby says:

    So if I go kill someone, will the judge blame it on video games? (Which look just a little more realistic then South Park, which is a great show)

  5. Dave W says:

    What #1 and #2 said. Both in spades.

  6. GigG says:

    Blame Canada

  7. LDA says:

    I prefer kick a knob who kicks a ginger day (I think it’s Scottish).

  8. Arous says:

    If someone copies something from a TV show, can you really say that program is “socially irreverent”?

  9. Breetai says:

    I prefer kick anyone who’s down day. I celebrate it everyday.

  10. Special Ed says:

    I like red heads, especially when the drapes match the carpeting.

  11. JimR says:

    #6, … it’s not my fault… blame Ireland.

  12. Joey says:

    I like it….I think its Brilliant…lets have a kick a Jew day aswell, or maybe punch a disabled child or how about smack a black !!

    Yeah its great fun to pick on people who exhibit traits that are inherented or cultural.

  13. Hugh Ripper says:

    Kids need to be taught to be responsible for their own actions. They know they did the wrong thing, but now their behaviour has been excused as the TVs fault. Good work, judge.

  14. Nimby says:

    Why blame a three year-old episode of SP? I say blame Facebook for allowing hate speech.

    Oh, wait: if I blame Facebook, is THAT hatespeech? I’d hate myself for that!

    Oh, wait: …

  15. TheMaddog says:

    Hmmm a Judge with no sense of humor totally out of touch with today’s society… Just who I would want over seeing my case… Wonder how long before South Park makes a Show about it….?

  16. Lou says:

    Wait until wedgie day.

  17. amodedoma says:

    A big SFW! So all of the sudden this is something new? Judge must be like a 22 year old home schooled faggot. Kid’s have been abusing each other for little or no reason since the beginning of time and according to this tithead it’s South Park’s fault.
    The world is changing fast, and it always has. This scares the shit out of conservatives, so they lash out at cartoons and video games.

  18. soundwash says:

    people, your missing the main issue.

    “was likely inspired by South Park”

    **likely?? -nowhere in the article does it say anybody fessed up as actually getting the idea from a southpark episode.

    going by the article, we can only conclude the judge made this accusation with no supporting evidence.

    -would not the news be salivating to print the actual admission of a south park reference by the kids, had they admitted as such?

    -not a good precedent

    food for thought

    -s

  19. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    If you want to look hard enough, you can probably blame a stupid, senseless assault on “The Andy Griffith Show”, “Leave It to Beaver” or “The Brady Bunch”. I could probably come up with something from “The Beverly Hillbillies” in 5 minutes without reviewing an episode.

    This judge just wanted to blather on from the bench and get some airtime. Blaming a 3 year old episode of “South Park” granted his wish.

  20. heh. Southpark really take it far with the Ginger racism :p

  21. Obmulap says:

    So if the judge wants to blame this on the South Park episode that aired 4 years ago then obviously these “kids” were planning this for a long time and should also be brought up on conspiracy charges.

    Also if your children are mimicking something that happened on a cartoon then your parenting skills are lacking. Why not make them watch Road Runner cartoons and see if they’ll strap a rocket to their a**es, jump off a cliff or drop an anvil on each others heads.

  22. yoda7777 says:

    Gingers have no souls. Look at the one in the above picture. Can you blame anyone for not wanting giving him/her a kick?

    Good thing I’m not the judge. I would have fell right on the floor laughing the same way i did when I heard the news story. Quite hilarious.

    • you are stupid says:

      You sir, are stupid. I still don’t understand why people say gingers don’t have souls. They have a lot more soul than you. Idiot.

  23. TheReaper says:

    Anyone who says a ginger doesn’t have a soul is clearly overcompensating for something they lack themselves. I have red hair and I am not a ginger, nor do I let anyone get away with calling me that. Anyone trying to give me grief for something that I can’t change has usually met a few ‘friends’ that i always have and its safe to say I didn’t have issues with those creeps again.

    Have a nice day all you filthy minorities and your dozens of bastard children :)