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Redheaded Girl Bullied Into Leaving School

Have You Ever Encountered Any Redhead Bullying?

For some redheaded (or "ginger") kids in the UK, where there's a virulent strain of prejudice against people of the flame-haired persuasion, going to school can be an awful experience. (Bullies, of course, will pick up on any arbitrary feature as a reason to taunt and torture.) Recently, one little girl in England was forced to leave school after receiving death threats from a bullying clique. She'd been so desperate that she even dyed her beautiful hair blond so that they'd leave her alone. This particular form of discrimination seems pretty foreign to most Americans, but we have our own, albeit less prominent, issues with redhead stereotyping and bullying.

Have you ever seen or been subjected to something like this? And have you ever been bullied for your looks in general?

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jamie-ferrari jamie-ferrari 7 years
The truth is bullies will find any reason to find fault with a person they wish to torment. Big bullies raise little bullies and the cycle just continues. There is now some support for people on both sides of the problem. Club Ophelia is a great thing for school aged girls. I wish more people would seek help for themselves.
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
aww this is sad! i'm a ginger and proud of it!! i get compliments all the time and i've never ever had an issue w/ the color. now the crazy curls, yes, but not the color! i also really loved that south park episode. granted i was in college and no one cared, but i could see how middle/high school kids could use it against others though.
marita marita 7 years
Huh?! In my experience, the opposite has been true. The redheads that I've known, either in school or work, have been the bullies or the bitches. I've had a few, really bad experiences with red-headed people, so bad that I'm very cautious around them now.
weffie weffie 7 years
I also think the problem is more talked-about in the UK just because they have so many more redheads than the rest of the world... in Malaysia and Singapore they hate us way more than anyone in the UK does (they call us red devils and red monkeys lol) it just doesn't come up as much because most people there have dark hair. I wonder if MIA got her inspiration for the ginger-slaughter in the Born Free video from her UK upbringing or Asian heritage :P
weffie weffie 7 years
I was the only redhead in my school, nobody ever said boo about it. The only time my hair really gets mentioned is when someone's attracted to or jealous of it. My dad calls me Big Red and my bf calls me Hot Ginge but it's in an affectionate way, not teasing.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
this is happening all over the world. i grew up in Lithuania and my classmate had bright red hair, his nickname was ginger. i guess we did it because he was the only one in school, he was different. anyway, by the time we were in 10th grade everyone thought of him as a great friend and loved him as a person, so the bullying - which was more of a joke form - stopped. But the nickname was there and he embraced it. I had a nickname 'zit' because i was the first one in class to get teenage acne. so?
nerdybirdy nerdybirdy 7 years
Red hair is beautiful, I can't even begin to understand what is so "tease-able" about it. By the way,it makes me so very happy to see that there are so many people out there that were teased about being pale. Not that I think pale skin is hilarious. I'm Hispanic and the color of white construction paper, i don't feel so alone anymore. :)
Complexitii Complexitii 7 years
Wow, this is insane... I had no idea that people specifically targeted "redheads".
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 7 years
I am sure there are more redheads in the UK than anywhere else in the world... so I don't know why it's an issue to have red hair there. It has to come from both sides of your family in order for you to have red hair. I had it as a toddler. A bright strawberry blonde. I had light skin, but wasn't fair.. and I tanned. I didn't have a single freckle either. It darkened to an Auburn, and now it's a honey reddish brown. I've always been partial to redheads, and especially babies. I just saw the most beautiful blue eyed and red haired baby girl the other day. She stole my heart!
bellazmom bellazmom 7 years
Besides being Bella's mom, I am also Liam's mom. When I called my dad (who looks just like his grandson) to tell him that Liam got his red hair, he told me to dye it when Liam got to grade school. How sad! In addition, I am a very fair blonde and my husband and daughter are both very dark, and when we go out as a family, we get asked if our son is adopted, by complete strangers. Not there there is anything wrong with that, but he looks just like me, other than our hair color. People can be so ridiculous! I just tell everyone that I should have been a redhead, but got dipped in the "shallow end" of the gene pool. Redheads rock!
shalee55 shalee55 7 years
Red hair is beautiful ...the Brits are nuts..
EricaJane EricaJane 7 years
oh, and I love her, but Chelsea Handler is really mean about red heads, constantly saying that red headed men are ugly, and that red heads are less attractive.. it can be hurtful to hear, even from her.
EricaJane EricaJane 7 years
obviously, i have red hair, and even when i was very little, students and teachers would call me big red, which was sad. in middle school boys started to ask me if my carpet matched the drapes and called me fire crotch, and even my brother and his friends used to say "red on top, fire in the hole", which plays into another stereotype that red heads are extremely sexual. i've never colored my hair, and i never will. I love my hair very much, but it is tough growing up as a red head. side note: i'm scared to go to the UK because of my hair. I am however, hoping to go to the Red Head Day in the Netherlands this year..
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
I don't understand this at all. Red hair is so pretty! When I was little I used to wish I had red hair like Ariel (although this can never happen because I am too tanned and I would look like a freak!)
Venus1 Venus1 7 years
Some kids will bully for anything; so sad so true. Personally, ss a bi-sexual woman, from a personal point of view I am extremely attracted to redhead women.
zzleigh zzleigh 7 years
This is just absurd, red-heads are beautiful (I WISH I had natural red hair!) When I was a kid I was very often called "weird" or other similar adjectives, and when this happened I would merely look at the offender, grin wildly, and thank them. I was in my own little world and any bullying typically went right over my head. :D
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