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Ice Bucket Challenge Turned Into Prank Against Boy with Autism

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BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – Police are investigating an alleged case of bullying involving a teenager with autism who took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

“Once we found out about it, we were just horrified,” said Diane, the mother of the high school student.  She claimed her youngest son was videotaped as feces, urine, spit and cigarette butts were dumped on his head by a group of juveniles.

“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 told Fox 8 Cleveland.

According to the victim’s mom, Diane, the video was discovered on her 15-year-old son’s cell phone. She, along with her husband and other son, Jacob, wants it to be made public.

“I mean, the first thing that popped into my mind was like, why could someone – how could someone do this?” said Jacob. “How could someone really be this cruel to someone?”

In the video, the boy with autism is seen standing in the driveway of a home off school grounds. He’s wearing only his underwear as a bucket of fluid is poured from the roof of the garage. The bucket allegedly contained a mix of bodily fluids instead of ice water.

“He was embarrassed because he did not know what the contents were until afterwards and then he didn’t want anybody to know,” said his mom. “They used his phone to tape it and they put it up on Instagram.”

“This is just too far. It’s really bad,” said his brother, Jacob.

The Bay Village Police Department was made aware of the alleged incident on Wednesday. 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 met with the parents and 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.

A spokesperson for Bay High School, where the victim is a student, said they’re now working hand-in-hand with police as they investigate.

“Obviously, if possible, we do want to hold those individuals accountable for their actions,” said Det. Krolkosky.

The police are just beginning their investigation and we’re told it could take a few weeks to file charges but they have a good idea who was involved.

“The bucket challenge is supposed to be raising awareness for this disease and now they’ve turned it into a sick joke,” said the victim’s mom. “I just can’t understand why kids would do something this cruel.”

The boy’s mom and dad wanted the video released to make other parents aware of bullying so they’ll have a conversation with their kids on how to treat people.


  • Chris

    “Charges could be filled?” How about definitely will be filled and then we will definitely prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law, expel them from school, and give them jail time + mandatory community service.

  • Mischelle

    As a grandmother of two children with autism I find this sad. My grandsons have a medical con.
    The parents of these kids and the kids have a condition and its called stupidity and ignorance.they all should b prosecuted. They should feel fortunate it was not in my community!!!!

  • Debby

    Let’s hope the bullies names hit the web and they can forever try to explain their actions on every future college and job and life interview they ever have.

  • Whitney

    This made me cry. How cruel people can be. I hope these kids are held accountable. Thoughts, prayers and support for this young man and his family coming your way from WV.

  • Foua

    These cruel school kids should be prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law. This action is beyond stupid and ignorant to say this is a prank, they should know better than do this to an autistic boy. I am so furious, because I have a grandson with autism, and God forbid someone will do this to him.

  • Praise

    I hope they are caught with pictures on web so everyone who owns a company will know who never to hire and I pray they suffer for their deeds because what goes around comes around. I pray the parents can get through this and move on and the autistic boy gets his justice. Stay strong man you’re a hero.

  • Jen

    This is just ridiculous… Those who participated should pay dearly for there actions.. Prayers go out to the boy(victim) and his family….

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