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Red Hair Abuse 2007-06-02

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Intolerance.
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A shaken family told how they have been hounded out of three homes — for having ginger hair.

Kevin and Barbara Chapman and their four children have been targeted by thugs for three terrifying years.

The youngsters have been verbally abused and beaten up, while vandals have regularly smashed the family’s windows and sprayed hate-filled graffiti on the walls of their council homes.

Only this week, the slogan ‘Gingers are gay’ was daubed across one wall.

The Chapmans have moved home three times across their home city of Newcastle. But each time, the taunts and attacks have followed them.

  • Kevin says the local council even said he could DYE his kids’ hair to halt the bullying on their estate.

The full-time dad, 49, says the abuse has become so bad that his 11-year-old son — also called Kevin — recently tried to hang himself.

Meanwhile the couple’s ten-year-old daughter Ryelle, and sons Daniel, also ten, and Jordan, 13, have all been badly affected. Kevin Snr said:

‘It started more than three years ago, when the kids started getting bullied by local lads over their hair colour.

‘They’ve been punched and kicked and thrown over a hedge.

‘Every time they go out, these gangs have got to them.

‘We can’t even go to the shops two minutes away.

‘The kids get all their stuff taken off them.

‘You expect people to have a bit of fun about ginger hair, but this is just disgusting.’

Dad Kevin, who also has five older kids, said Kevin Jnr got a black eye in the street last week. He added:

‘It’s shocking, he’s never even seen a life yet and he’s been driven to try suicide.

‘It was great when we moved home, but then we were spotted again. It seems there are a dozen families with relatives in each area. I was shocked when the council recommended hair dye.’

Barbara, 44, who is separated from Kevin, said:

‘It’s not fair on the kids putting up with this.’

Newcastle City Council said housing staff were aware of the abuse — but denied suggesting hair dye. A spokesman said:

‘Mr.Chapman suggested to one of our people he was going to dye it, and they said, “You could always do that”. But it wasn’t a suggestion.’

ALSO—

A Newcastle family claim they have been forced from two homes by thugs who have targeted them over their ginger hair.

Kevin and Barbara Chapman say they and their four children, aged between 10 and 13, have endured years of taunts, smashed windows and violence.

They said they moved from Walker to Newbiggin Hall to try to escape the bullying, and then again to Kenton Bar.

Son Kevin, 11, said he was recently punched in a street attack. Newcastle Council is ‘discussing the situation’.

Mr.Chapman, 49, said his 10-year-old daughter Ryelle and sons Daniel, 10, and Jordan, 13, have also been badly affected.

He said each time the family received abuse they moved home.

The family also say they have endured their homes being daubed in graffiti. Mr.Chapman said:

‘The abuse we get is unbelievable. It started more than three years ago, when the kids started getting bullied by lads over the colour of their hair.

‘They’ve been punched and kicked and thrown over a hedge.

‘Every time they go out these gangs get to them.’

He added that the family now wanted to move again. Community police officer Sergeant Mr.Colin Murray, of Northumbria Police, said there had been a number of incidents all of which had been fully investigated.

Commenting on the matter, a Newcastle City Council spokesman said:

We are currently discussing their situation.’

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