I must admit that I found this story really disturbing.
Not just because it happened in the middle of Bullying Awareness Week. And so many kids took part.
Nearly 5,000 people joined the online campaign which urged members to "get them steel toes ready" for a day of booting this week.
Or because as a gay guy I know what it's like to be attacked just for who you are. But also because I'm a redhead too !!!!
Not as red as Anne of Green Gables or this little fella.
But enough to stick out in a crowd, and when I was a kid to be called carrot head and other names enough times to wish I wasn't.
Which is absurd of course because redheads are not just GORGEOUS, we are practically an endangered species.
Although luckily for the world, rumours of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Still it does make you wonder how easy it was to get thousands of kids to sign up to beat up others kids just for how they look. And what kind of nasty gene is buried deep inside all humans.... that can lead to that kind of bullying and this kind of horror.
Buyers from as far away as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Kenya and Uganda believe the legs, genitals, eyes and hair of people with albinism can help them achieve instant wealth. The youngest victim so far was seven months old.
It's too ugly and awful. And why I believe that the most important thing you can teach a child is not just to tolerate differences and respect them, but CELEBRATE them as well.
I mean really, wouldn't it be a horribly boring world if we all looked the same?
So I say hurray for the redheads, and the blondes, and those with black, white or curly hair. Or those with no hair at all.
Hurray for the albinos, and all the other colours of the world. Hurray for short people and tall ones and thin ones and big ones.
Vive la difference !!!!
Bullies take a hike eh?
Aren't we all BEAUTIFUL?