Autistic six-year-old beaten up by bullies after he stopped them from picking on his friend
Six-year-old Carter was attacked by boys about the same age as him and the case will not result in a criminal referral
A six-year-old child who has autism was brutally beaten up after he stood up to a bunch of bullies who were beating up his friend. The six-year-old had a fractured elbow and had to undergo surgery after he suffered lacerations to his eyelid and eyeball.
The boy has been identified as Carter and his mother Dana told Komo News, "It’s been hell. I haven’t slept. I haven’t eaten. I can’t do anything. I can’t even leave his side." The child and his mother left the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle post the surgery.
Carter said that he was attacked by a bunch of boys about the same age as him at his apartment complex in Olympia. He said he confronted the group when they were bullying his friend. "They were just bullying him, like beating him up. I just told them to stop... And then they did it to me," Carter said.
“This bullying needs to stop.” Olympia mom says her 6-yr-old was beat up by several kids when he tried to stand up for a friend. He just got out of surgery where doctors sewed his eye back together. #komonews pic.twitter.com/HqBzDcBo4C— Gabe Cohen (@GabeCohenKOMO) August 24, 2018
They proceeded to beat up Carter with rocks and sticks. They also rubbed sawdust in his eyes. As a result of the assault, little Carter was left with a broken arm, a lacerated eye, and also several cuts and bruises all across his head and his face. The Olympia police are now investigating the matter.
They have been able to identify a five-year-old who they believe started the bullying and are considering getting social services involved. They have also said that the case had been presented to the prosecutor's office but, due to the fact that they are all children, the case will not result in a criminal referral.
Carter, who is autistic, may require surgery on his arm and there is a possibility of him losing his left eye. He has been advised rest.
"I really don’t know what I’m hoping for other than for people to know that this is not acceptable. Bullying is not okay. There’s no reason to bully someone ever," Dana said. Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe page to help them with the medical expenses.