According to the parents, their 6-year-old son, Carter, is a well-behaved child who understands right from wrong. When Carter witnessed a group of kids allegedly bullying his friend, he felt compelled to take a stand.
Regrettably, his bravery landed him in the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery to mend a laceration to his eye.
As per his parent’s account, the boy was purportedly assaulted and brutally attacked by a group of up to seven children when he confronted them about bullying his friend.
Carter, in his own words, described his attackers as kids around his age who were physically abusing his friend. In a tearful recollection, he stated, “They were just bullying him, like beating him up. I just told them to stop… and then they did it to me.”
He now fears a repeat incident, according to reports. Carter endured an assault involving rocks and sticks, and sawdust was even rubbed into his eyes. Alongside the eye laceration requiring surgery, he sustained a broken arm and numerous cuts and bruises on his head and face.
According to family friends, he also suffered a concussion, and his broken arm wasn’t a simple fracture; his elbow was fractured in three places. Adding to the distress, Carter has Autism.
A GoFundMe campaign was launched to assist with the family’s medical expenses, and supporters noted, “He is a very intelligent boy who enjoys video games, spending time with his friends, and being with his family. What happened to him was unacceptable.”
Law enforcement promptly initiated an investigation and identified a 5-year-old they believe instigated the incident, with plans to involve social services.
The case was briefly considered by the prosecutor’s office, but due to the young age of everyone involved, it won’t result in a criminal referral. A friend of the family emphasized, “This bullying needs to stop. Bullying is not acceptable. There’s never a justification for bullying someone.”