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Mingo County bullying causes concerns in Gilbert, WV

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A video of an apparent bullying has outraged the community of Gilbert, WV.

The video, which has been stirring up emotion on Facebook, led to a battery charge and suspensions from the community center for the aggressor, the person who took the video, and bystanders.

According to his mother, one of the persons in the video is in a special-education class and deals with harassment and intimidation on a regular basis.

The aggressor is now receiving threats online.

Larry Joe Harless Community Center Director Cheryl Mitchem says some adults are offering to pay visits to the aggressor, and are posting directions to his home online and that is making things worse.

"You can speak out against bullying, but if you're going to bully a child while you're speaking out against that bullying, what have you accomplished?" said Mitchem.

Parents at the recreational basketball league are upset with adults who posted threats, and with the parents of the children who watched and laughed as the child begged for mercy.

"Got bullied by a 13-year-old and had his clavicle broken, so that's why it bothers me so bad to see it going on," Jeremy Sloan said about his seven-year-old son.

Sloan and other parents say bullying is not well-addressed in the community and they hope others stop perpetuating the problem in their homes and online.

The bystanders and the person who posted the video are not facing charges.

The Gilbert Police Chief says while what they did may be immoral, it is not illegal.