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A sick joke against teen with autism, police identify those responsible for “Ice Bucket Challenge” prank

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OHIO (WITI) — It was a disturbing prank targeting a 15-year-old with autism. His mother called it a sick joke. Now, we’re learning police have identified the people involved in a disturbing “Ice Bucket Challenge.”

This, according to FOX6’s sister station FOX8 in Cleveland.

The 15-year-old Ohio boy thought he was doing the popular Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, but his parents say other teens put human waste and cigarette butts inside the bucket instead.

***Important Note: The teenager’s family asked FOX6’s sister station to show the video you’ll see below in an effort to make other parents aware of bullying.***

***WARNING: The video you’ll see below is disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.***

Police have now begun a criminal investigation.

This, as Drew Cary and now Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Walberg have pledged $10,000 each in reward money to catch those responsible. Police say while they’re grateful for the offer, a reward fund isn’t necessary since investigators have identified those involved.

FOX8 talked with a criminal defense attorney and law professor not associated with this case, who said charges against those responsible for this incident could range from misdemeanor assault to disorderly conduct.

The criminal defense attorney says it’s not likely this case will qualify as a hate crime, since Ohio law includes hate crimes based on race, religion, or national origin, not disability.

CLICK HERE for more on this story via FOX8 in Cleveland.

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9 comments

  • cynic

    Preying on the weaker and more defenseless members of our society is about the sickest thing there is. Don’t give those people jail, or rehab, or community service. Beat them to within an inch of their lives, and throw then out on the street. Let their crippled and mangles selves feel what it’s like to be weak and defenseless and let them rot in fear of being victimized for the rest of their short lives.

  • soulobigdaddy

    if you are sick enough in the head to do something like this to someone with autism, you need to be fricken COMMITTED!!!!!!!!

  • LNG

    This type of behavior arises when young people are not self motivated, propelling themselves toward career, education and adulthood. Quick fix pics on IG fill in for meaningful experiences. The quest for notoriety trumps all thought of right or wrong. As if bullying is not in the news frequently. The Keoger incident, Ray Rice incident, now this? The youth are in a very bad way, and are completely lost and lacking any inner direction and strength of thought. It’s a pack mentality and the pack ain’t too bright.

    • al

      Yea we should start a fund this is messed up, we dont do that to people. Young teenagers usually like to do bad stuff to people, but i never heard of such things like this.

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