Reports of bullying at elementary school were "exaggerated," Appleton Police say

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Appleton Police are closing their investigation into a report of a child injured by bullying at Horizons Elementary School earlier this month, and they're not pursuing criminal charges.

As Action 2 News reported last week, reports of the bullying spread through social media. The mother of a 10-year-old boy says he was put in a head lock during a game of tag and thrown to the ground by another student. Her son was treated for a "stage 2 concussion," the mother told us.

Police and the school resource officer reviewed video and medical records, and interviewed students and staff.

"Based on the investigation, many allegations were shown to be exaggerated or false," police said in a statement. "While there was an incident, we have no reason to believe bullying occurred as reported in social media posts."

The 10-year-old is attending another school after the incident, saying he's afraid to go back to Horizons.

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