A six-year-old in Washington state was hospitalized with a broken arm and badly injured eye after he was reportedly attacked by a group of children bullying his friend.

Carter English was outside his Olympia apartment complex on Aug. 22 when he confronted a group of children who allegedly picked on his friend.

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

A five-year-old and other children allegedly beat Carter with rocks, sticks, and rubbed sawdust into his eyes. He ended up with a lacerated eye, several cuts and bruises across his head. His broken right arm and eye may require surgery.

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“It’s been hell,” Carter English’s mother, Dana said after the two left a Seattle hospital on Aug. 24. “I haven’t slept. I haven’t eaten. I can’t do anything. I can’t even leave his side.”

Police in Washington have reportedly identified the five-year-old who allegedly started the attack and are getting social services involved. Due to the age of Carter’s bullies, the case will not result in a criminal referral for the children.

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“Bullying is not OK. There’s no reason to bully someone ever,” the victim’s mother tearfully told reporters. A GoFundMe page set up to help pay for Carter’s medical expenses claims that as many as seven children were involved in the assault on the six-year-old.