BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – Bay Village police have identified the people who are involved with the horrific and cruel ice bucket challenge towards a student with autism. The whole challenge was filmed using a phone and was posted to various social media sites. Autism Daily Newscast reported on the story here.
The 15-year-old, who attends Bay High School, believed he was doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but instead of iced water being thrown on him, the bucket was full of urine, faeces and cigarette butts.
Bay Village police have begun a criminal investigation. As we reported yesterday, Drew Carey and Jenny McCarthy along with husband Donnie Wahlberg have offered a reward but police say that a reward fund is not necessary as investigators have identified those involved.
Police Chief Mark Spaetzel said:
“We are being very thorough in gathering all the necessary facts before presenting to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office,”
“We are not sure when that will happen because we have additional interviews to conduct and further investigative avenues to pursue.”
Ian Friedman who is a criminal defense attorney and law professor, who is not involved with this case, said criminal charges against the juveniles involved could range from misdemeanor assault to disorderly conduct.
“As heinous as these acts were, it’s going to be difficult because under state law there’s really not a lot of offenses that fit,”
He also added that in Ohio, the act committed does not qualify as a hate crime. Current hate crime laws are based on race, religion, or national origin, not disability.
Rep. Nickie Antonio, hopes to propose a new Ohio bill,that is in committee, that would add language to include disability and sexual orientation.
“For this poor young man that was the victim of this, hopefully he will be the person that ignites new law to protect other kids in the future,”
The original article by Matt Wright on the Fox 8 Cleveland news website can be read here