When ginger-bashing gets deadly serious
Enda Farrell, a UK-based father originally from Wexford, has called for discrimination on the basis of hair colour to be considered a hate crime after his daughter, Helena, took her own life in January 2013. The 15-year-old was bullied over her red hair and was found dead less than a mile from Farrell's home in Kendall, Cumbria.
In October, at least six red-headed kids were attacked by bullies on their way to class at Wingfield Academy in the English town of Rotherham, after a group of students decided to mark "Kick a Ginger Day".
The apparently co-ordinated assaults were reportedly inspired by an episode of the satirical animated series South Park, in which Cartman gives a speech to his class about a "disease" he calls "gingervitis" that occurs because "ginger kids have no souls".
In 2007, a family of redheads in Newcastle had to move house five times after enduring taunts, smashed windows, graffiti on their homes and attacks.