6-year old Carter English and his mother Dana just left Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a necessary surgery to repair a laceration in his eye.  Carter ended up with a broken arm, lacerated eye and several cuts and bruises across his head and face after standing up to a bunch of kids who were bullying a 5-year-old just outside of his apartment building.

The 5-year-old getting picked on was a friend of Carter's.  Carter told the kids to stop multiple times and that's when the group of bullies shifted their taunting, teasing, and violence towards him.  Carter was beaten with rocks and sticks and eventually hospitalized.

Carter's mother, Dana is beside herself.  She can't eat, sleep, or think about anything other than this horrific occurrence that took place, and with 5 and 6-year-olds?  Every time we as a society feel like we've seen it all, something like this pops up to show all of us how truly far we have to go.

According to KOMO News Police have obviously gotten involved and through investigations have identified a 5-year-old they've taken into custody because he (or she) is believed to be the instigator in all this.  I can't even believe I'm writing this.  A 5-year-old has been taken into custody?  Ughhh!

My belief is that now, more than ever, it is imperative for us as parents to teach, educate, and guide our children at the earliest ages possible.  This past year we had an 11-year-old girl in the Boise area try to take her life because she was being bullied at school.  One of our Rick and Carly's Kids was teased and made fun of on his first day of school last week because he looks different.  The kids all chanted for him to get off the bus when it was time for him to leave.

Stories like Carter's should inspire us, all of us, to do something.  If you're doing nothing, you're part of the problem.  I'd imagine this young 5-year-old who allegedly started the verbal abuse that escalated into physical violence with rocks and sticks was probably not taught to do so but was probably not taught to not do so.  DO NOT fail your kids.  Be a part of the solution.

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