UPDATE: Officials said five juveniles are now facing charges for the Ice Bucket Challenge turned sick joke against a teen with Autism.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty told WJW that based on evidence gathered during the investigation, three of the juveniles were charged with two counts of delinquency, assault and disorderly conduct; the other two juveniles were each charged with a single count of disorderly conduct.
The teens are accused of dumping a bucket of human waste and other bodily fluids over the teen’s head shortly before the start of the school year; it was captured on video.
Editor’s Note: The family asked this video be made public to raise awareness about bullying in hopes parents will talk to their children about it.
BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – Authorities are now investigating after an Ohio mother said an ALS Ice bucket challenge turned into a sick joke against her son who has autism.
According to WJW, the mother said teens videotaped her 15-year-old son as feces, urine, spit and cigarette butts were dumped on his head.
The family’s name is not being released to protect the teen’s identity.
“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 WJW.
The mother found the video on her son’s cell phone.
She said her family wants the video to be made public to raise awareness about bullying.
“I mean, the first thing that popped into my mind was like, why could someone, how could someone do this?” the teen’s brother said. “How could someone really be this cruel to someone?”
The video shows the teen with autism, in his underwear, standing in the driveway of a home.
Then a bucket of bodily fluids is dumped on him from the roof of the garage.
“He was embarrassed because he did not know what the contents were until afterwards and then he didn’t want anybody to know,” his mom said. “They used his phone to tape it and they put it up on Instagram.”
Authorities said the teens responsible could face criminal charges.