UK police called over attacks on red-haired pupils

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Associated Press

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 10:35 PM

LONDON (AP) — British police say they were called after a string of attacks on red-haired pupils at a school in northern England.

South Yorkshire Police said in a statement Friday the force had been alerted to last week's assaults at Wingfield Academy in the town of Rotherham, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) north of London.

It said a small number of pupils had sustained minor injuries after being attacked by fellow students. No arrests were made, but police said they had given some of the students involved a talking to, while the school said it condemned the attacks.

The issue of bullying of red-haired children periodically arises in Britain, and some commentators have attributed the phenomenon to lingering anti-Celtic prejudice.

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