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Appleton police: No charges will be pursued in alleged bullying incident

File photo of Appleton police patch. (WLUK/Gabrielle Mays)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- Police say many of the allegations made in a viral social media post about a bullying incident at an Appleton school "were shown to be exaggerated or false."

The post published Dec. 12 on Facebook alleged that a fifth-grader at Horizons Elementary School was injured in a violent encounter with another student.


Police say they were first made aware of the incident when a parent of the victim contacted them Dec. 12, although it happened six days earlier. A school resource officer interviewed staff and students, reviewed video and examined medical records related to the accusations. Based on the investigation, police say they believe an incident occurred, but they "have no reason to believe bullying occurred as reported in social media posts."

Officers did not elaborate which elements of the accusations were not supported by evidence.

After the post went viral on social media, the school district released a statement which read, in part:

While we are not able to address the specifics of any particular student matter, our investigation has shown that the school and the District did act appropriately to address the allegations brought forth. While we recognize that these situations may not result in what individuals want or demand, solutions are based on full investigations and the facts of each situation.

Police say no criminal charges will be pursued in the case.

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