Teens charged in disgusting ice bucket challenge prank pulled on autistic teen
Five teens have been charged in connection with a disgusting prank pulled on an autistic classmate who thought he was participating in the “ice bucket challenge.”
The teen’s mother found video on her son’s cell phone that showed classmates dumping a bucket of urine, tobacco spit, and water onto the 15-year-old boy’s head.
The Bay Village, Ohio, boy believed he was taking part in a viral stunt intended to raise money and awareness for the ALS Foundation.
Three of the teens were charged with two counts of delinquency, assault, and disorderly conduct, and they were ordered to turn themselves in to police.
Two other teens were charged with one count each of disorderly conduct.
All of the teens, who are between 14 and 16 years old, were charged as juveniles.
The incident took place Aug. 18, and the boy’s mother reported it to police Sept. 3 after finding the video evidence.
Participants in the ice bucket challenge, which became ubiquitously popular in late summer this year, recorded video of themselves pouring cold water over their heads, made a donation to the ALS Foundation, and then posted the video on social media.
In the prank video, the Bay High School student stood in front of a garage wearing only underwear as a bucket containing bodily fluids and cigarette butts was poured over his head.
The boy’s mother said her son was humiliated by the prank.
“This boy was picked on because he was a little different,” said Dean Valore, the family’s attorney. “This was a dignity issue.”
The teen’s family said they were satisfied with the investigation and the charges, and the police chief said he hoped the suspects learned an important lesson.
“But you don’t want to ruin anybody’s life over this,” said Chief Mark Spaetzel, of Bay Village police.
Watch this video report posted online by WJW-TV: