Teens Behind ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Prank Identified, Jenny McCarthy To Give Family $10,000
Police have identified the group of teens behind the horrifying Ice Bucket Challenge criminal prank, in which teens dumped a bucket of urine, cigarette butts, spit and feces on an autistic classmate.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 'Prank'
As the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to raise money for a good cause, one 15-year-old autistic boy from Ohio was subject to a cruel “prank,” where classmates poured feces and urine on him instead of ice water. They reportedly recorded the entire thing on the boy’s own cell phone and uploaded it to Instagram. The video went viral before the intentions behind the video became clear. It has since been removed from the photo-sharing site, but the video can still be found on the web at the request of the boy's parents, who wish for the video to be an rallying cry against bullying.
Teens Responsible Have Been Identified
Now, Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel has confirmed that they have identified those responsible, and are currently deciding how to charge them.
“We have identified five individuals as being involved, however the investigation is not yet complete. We can’t speculate on potential charges as the investigation is not yet complete, but ultimately it will be up to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office to determine appropriate charges. We are conducting a comprehensive investigation and when completed, will sit down with them provide them the facts,” Spaetzel explained in a statement.
Those responsible could face criminal charges, but the investigation is still ongoing. The Bay Village Superintendent Clint Keener has also vowed to take action against any students found guilty of this crime, stating, “While the incident happened outside of our school day and off campus, our schools will take all appropriate… disciplinary action once the investigation is complete.”
Jenny McCarthy To Donate $10,000 To Boy's Family
When news of the awful case of bullying originally went viral, Drew Carey offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could help authorities find those responsible. Celebrity newlyweds Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg quickly followed suit.
Hats off to the Bay Village PD for ID'ing the perps of that awful crime. Working now on what to do w reward $. Stay tuned and thanks 🙂
— Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) September 9, 2014
Now that the Bay Village Police have found the culprits, Carey has expressed a desire to donate his $10,000 to Autism Speaks, while McCarthy has announced that she will be giving $10,000 to the family of the boy.
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) September 9, 2014
McCarthy also tweeted a link to a Change.org petition requesting that the students responsible be charged for their crimes. So far, the petition has reached over 260,000 signatures. “This is a horrific act of degradation and violence. It is so harmful and hurtful to that young man and his family and also to the people who know about this. Not only did this group of people damage such a wonderful fundraiser, but they exploited it and this young man past the point of redemption,” reads the petition.
The ALS Association behind the Ice Bucket Challenge commented on the incident via Twitter, simply writing, “We are saddened these individuals turned the challenge into something negative for this teen and his family.”