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Olympia 6-year-old ends up in hospital after standing up to bullies

A 6-year-old boy in Olympia was assaulted after he says he stood up to a group of kids who were bullying his friend. (KOMO News)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Olympia Police now say the boy made up the story. UPDATED STORY HERE>>

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A 6-year-old boy in Olympia was assaulted after he says he stood up to a group of kids who were bullying his friend.

Carter and his mother Dana English left Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Friday afternoon after a morning surgery to repair a laceration in his eye.

“It’s been hell,” Dana said. “I haven’t slept. I haven’t eaten. I can’t do anything. I can’t even leave his side.”

WATCH: Mother says her son was beat up for standing up to bullies:

Carter says he was attacked by a group of kids around his age at his Olympia apartment complex Wednesday afternoon. He says he confronted the group for bullying his friend.

“They were just bullying him, like beating him up,” Carter said. “I just told them to stop... and then they did it to me.”

They beat Carter with rocks and sticks, and rubbed sawdust in his eyes. He ended up with a broken arm, lacerated eye and several cuts and bruises across his head and face.

Olympia Police are now investigating. They identified a 5-year-old who they believe started all this, and they’re planning to get social services involved. They say the case was briefly presented to the prosecutor’s office, but due to the age of everyone involved, the case will not result in a criminal referral.

Carter may need surgery on his arm, and definitely needs some rest, as he deals with the consequence of standing up for what’s right.

“I really don’t know what I’m hoping for other than for people to know that this is not acceptable,” Dana said. “Bullying is not okay. There’s no reason to bully someone ever."

Friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help the family with medical expenses.

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