CALABASAS, Calif. --- Three young California boys from an upscale Los Angeles suburb have been arrested in connection with attacks on red-haired children at school -- attacks allegedly inspired by a Facebook message and an episode of "South Park."
Last week at least seven children were beaten up at a middle school in Calabasas. Authorities believe the attacks were triggered by a Facebook group called "Kick a Ginger Day," which in turn is an homage to an episode of the satirical cartoon.
Two 12-year-olds were arrested on suspicion of battery on school property, and a 13-year-old boy was accused of threatening to inflict injury "by means of electronic communication."
"The charge against the 13-year-old male is commonly referred to as cyber-bullying, something that is occurring way too much," said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
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Police have identified at least eight attackers, so more arrests are possible. The most serious assault left a 12-year-old boy with cuts and bruises. Other children were pushed, shoved and intimidated. Many of the victims came forward after the bizarre attacks received media coverage.
Students returning to the A.E. Wright Middle School from Thanksgiving break attended a “special assembly” Monday morning on “decision making, the power of words, the importance of kindness, and social responsibility,” the school’s principal wrote Sunday in a message to parents posted on the school's website.
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