It's becoming a common problem -- kids behave badly, record it on cell phones, and post the unruly acts online; however, one video showing two girls picking on a 3-year-old has two families answering dozens of calls.
Shock and anger are not uncommon reactions to videos depicting bullying behavior, with online comments attacking everyone involved -- including the parents. FOX 9 News spoke with both families and found the aftermath is still affecting them.
Both families were unaware anything had happened -- let alone had been filmed and posted online -- until the calls started pouring in from across the country. At first, they were just as outraged as anyone else. Now, they are very concerned.
"I wasn't happy with the video, obviously," said Shawn, the father of the girl who was bullied in the video. "I am disgusted with it."
Shawn told FOX 9 News he had no idea his daughter was the toddler who was bullied in the video until the father of the bullies came over to apologize.
"He's taking care of it. Trust me," Shawn told FOX 9. "He's a good father and everything like that, so I'm not worried about what he's doing over there."
Many who watched the online video -- which has been viewed more than a 250,000 times -- assumed it was a clear case of racially-motivated bullying, but parents in both families say it's not.
"I honestly don't know where it comes from. We don't teach that in our household," Eddie, the father of the girls involved, said. "We're not racist, none of that."
Both dads say their children usually play together and get along well, and they say viewers have blown the footage out of proportion and made it into something bigger than what it really is.
The video was shot by Eddie's 12-year-old son, and it shows his 5-year-old daughter bringing the younger girl to tears.
"She's not that way. You can see she's -- they're -- clearly getting coached through the whole situation," Eddie told FOX 9. "When I [saw] it, I was disgusted with the video -- very disgusted."
The boy posted the clip to a fake Facebook page, but the content was quickly uploaded to LiveLeaks and ignited a firestorm of comments.
Since the video went viral, Eddie has received hundreds of threatening calls from strangers who accuse him of being a bad father.
"He's punished and getting dealt with," Eddie insisted. "Internet, everything -- privileges taken away. We're dealing with it as a family."
While many people are pleased the fathers are tackling the problem head-on, that didn't stop local police from stopping by to make sure there wasn't a bigger problem. At this point, both parents say they want to use the incident as a teaching moment.
Even so, the phone calls continue to come in. One man even called from North Carolina to ask if the girl's family needed money to move to another neighborhood. Both families insist there is no need.
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