BAY VILLAGE, Ohio - WARNING: The above video is graphic and disturbing. The boy's parents say he is ashamed and scared by what happened but are sharing to raise awareness about the cruelty of bullying and the need for tolerance and kindness.
A group of Bay Village High School students are in trouble after playing a cruel prank on their 15-year-old autistic classmate.
Police say the students convinced their classmate to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
However, instead of filling the bucket with ice water they filled it with urine and spit. Then while recording, the bucket was dumped from a roof and onto the special needs teenager. The video was later posted to Instagram.
"It's absolutely disgusting what they have done to him, and we're very upset about it," said David, the victim's dad, who requested his last name not be used.
"They just took advantage of him," said Diane, the victim's mom.
The boy's parents reported the incident to Bay Village police around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
“We think this is a pretty serious offense," said Mark Spaetzel, Bay Village police chief. "It's at minimum an assault. We'll certainly work with the prosecutor's office and do what we can.”
Spaetzel said that he believes there were at least three teens involved in the prank, but no arrests have been made yet. He also said they will be facing assault charges.
Community members and residents will hold a rally Friday at 6:15 p.m. at Bay High School to show support for the victim and raise awareness about the cruelty of bullying. Students will be collecting money for ALS research as well as for Autism Speaks.
Bay Village Schools Superintendent's Statement on ALS Challenge:
Dear Bay Village students, parents, staff and community members:
Our entire Bay Village Schools community is heartsick over the cruel actions taken against one of our special needs students. The student and family targeted by this act have our utmost sympathy, and we will work to let this student know that we care very much about his well being.
We are supporting our Bay Village Police Department as they vigilantly work to complete their investigation in this case.
Many of our students and staff members have been participating in fundraising for ALS through the Ice Bucket Challenge. It hurts us deeply to see such a wonderful effort twisted to deliberately cause someone pain.
At Bay High, many students volunteer specifically to make sure our special needs students find the companionship and acceptance that will make them happy and successful at our school. What happened recently does not in any way reflect the vast majority of our students.
We ask our parents and our community members to be patient as we work to discover all the facts. This incident is, at present, a police matter. Please respect the privacy of all the minor children involved, both victim and suspected offenders. While the incident happened outside of our school day and off campus, our schools will take all appropriate action available to us in terms of disciplinary action once the investigation is complete.
We also expect that our student body will, as they always do, use this event as an opportunity to show that the greatest antidote to this type of cruelty and ignorance is the kindness and caring that they demonstrate time and again, each and every school year.