BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — Police are investigating an alleged case of bullying involving a teenager with autism who wanted to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but wound up the victim of a horrible prank.
The mother of the Bay High School student told affiliates WJW that her youngest son was videotaped while a group of juveniles dumped feces, urine, spit and cigarette butts onto his head.
“I want these kids held accountable for what they did to him and they targeted somebody who just didn’t really understand what was going on,” she said.
The boy’s mother and father said they want the video released to help make other parents aware of bullying, hoping other parents will have a conversation with their kids on how to treat people. They do wish to remain anonymous.
In the video, the boy with autism stands in a driveway which is not his home. He wears only his underwear, while a bucket of fluid is poured from the garage roof. The bucket allegedly contained a mix of bodily fluids instead of ice water, according to the mom.
Diane said her son was embarrassed and did not want anyone to know, and that they found the video on his cellphone. The teenagers put it on Instagram, she said.
The police department was made aware of the alleged incident, and have seen the video. According to Det. Kevin Krolkosky, criminal charges could be filed.
“It’s disturbing to watch, you can obviously tell that somebody has been taking advantage of there,” said the detective.
Det. Krolkosky said it’s not a prank; it’s possibly a crime committed on the boy with autism by a group of juveniles who could face delinquency charges. The school is helping the police investigation.