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30 November 2009

Philly Blunt's 2009 People of the Year

Now, when you saw that headline, you probably figured, "Hickey'll vote for people involved in saving his life and getting him back in working shape." Right? Right.
Well, you were wrong. Wrong.
For, the 2009 People of the Year come to us from A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas, Calif. No, I don't know their names, but two of the winners are 12, and the other 13. I'll let the Associated Press take it from here...
LOS ANGELES — Three boys were booked on suspicion of bullying or kicking red-haired students at a middle school when a "Kick a Ginger Day" prank inspired by a "South Park" episode got out of hand, authorities said Monday.

It is their SouthParkian initiative that landed these childs atop the yearly rankings, but not the tangible impact of Ginger Bashing.
No serious injuries were reported. Most incidents involved a single person kicking a student's shoe or leg, but one youngster was bruised when three or four boys confronted him at once, said Donald Zimring, superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District.
He may have been kicked in the groin or head while on the ground, although accounts differ, Zimring said.
"Any time a youngster gets hurt because of a thoughtless act ... there ought to be consequences," Zimring said.

Here here, Donald Zimring, for the consequences are coast-to-coast recognition. I toast you, boys, for keeping it real.


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