Footage of Minneapolis toddler being bullied goes viral [VIDEO]

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Poor Mackenzie's attempts to play with the girls at right both end with her in tears.
A video shot in Minneapolis has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.

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The clip shows two young girls, with the encouragement of their older brother, bullying a 3-year-old named Mackenzie Peterson. The three make Mackenzie hit herself, throw one of her toys, and leave her crying twice.

Here's the footage, which, according to the Daily Mail, has been viewed over 250,000 times after it was first posted to the internet by the pre-teen boy who can be seen and heard encouraging the bullying in the video:



As you'd imagine, because the bullies are black and Mackenzie is white, many commenters conjectured that the bullying was racially motivated. But during a recent interview with Fox 9, the father of the 12-year-old black boy and his two 5-year-old sisters insisted that's not the case.

"I honestly don't know where it comes from. We don't teach that in our household," the father, identified as Eddie, said. "We're not racist, none of that."

Eddie laid most of the blame at the feet of his son. He said his internet privileges have been taken away as part of his punishment.

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Eddie (left) and Shawn say their kids frequently play together and claim the video has been blown out of proportion.

Referring to one of his daughters, Eddie said, "She's not that way. You can see she's -- they're -- clearly getting coached through the whole situation."

For his part, Mackenzie's dad, Shawn Peterson, said that while he's "disgusted" by the footage, he believes Eddie is "a good father and everything like that, so I'm not worried about what he's doing over there."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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