It’s difficult enough for a child to step up and fight back against bullies, but for a child with autism, it’s even harder. Still, that’s what little Carter English did last week, and now he’s sustained various injuries and nearly lost an eye over his bravery.
Carter’s mom, Dana, says that her six-year-old son saw a group of about seven boys about his age hassling his friend outside their Olympia, Washington apartment – and he told them to stop. “They were just bullying him, like beating him up,” Carter says. “I just told them to stop... and then they did it to me.” What is “this?” The kids allegedly hit him with sticks, threw rocks at him and rubbed sawdust in his eyes.
Olympia police say they’re investigating the incident and have identified a 5-year-old boy they believe instigated the attack. The problem? There won’t be criminal charges because the suspects are so young – though officials do plan to involve social services. “I really don’t know what I’m hoping for other than for people to know that this is not acceptable,” Dana adds. “Bullying is not okay. There’s no reason to bully someone ever.”
As for Carter, there’s a GoFundMe account set up for him to cover his medical bills. While there was an initial goal of $5-thousand, more than $30-thousand has been collected at last check.