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Police identify suspects who dumped urine, feces on boy with Autism in Ice Bucket Challenge

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BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — Police have identified the suspects accused of dumping urine and feces and cigarette butts on a teenager with autism, who trusted his ‘friends’ to help him do the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel said Monday that investigators are gathering all the facts to present to the prosecutor’s office.

The boy’s mother released the video to make others aware of the bullying her son suffered.
His face was blurred to prevent further embarrassment.

“Once we found out about it, we were just horrified. He was embarrassed because he did not know what the contents were until afterwards, and then he didn’t want anybody to know,” the boy’s mom, Diane, told FOX 4 sister station FOX 8 in Cleveland. “They used his phone to tape it and they put it up on Instagram.”

The video shows him standing in a driveway of a private home where he’s only wearing underwear as the bucket is poured from on top of a garage. His brother Jacob said the culprits went too far with the joke.

“I mean, the first thing that popped into my mind was like, why could someone – how could someone do this? How could someone be so cruel?”

Bay High School cooperated with the investigation.

Cropped Photo: WikiCommons/ MGN Online

Cropped Photo: WikiCommons/ MGN Online

After the video was released, celebrities like “The Price is Right” host Drew Carey, and comedian Jenny McCarthy offered $10,000 rewards to find the teenagers responsible for the prank.

Police Chief Spaetzel said no reward was necessary, although he was grateful for their offers.

FOX 4 will continue to follow this story and update it if and when a decision is made about the arrests.

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8 comments

  • kenscofield

    One year behind bars for each type of ingredient: urine – one year, feces – one year, cigarette butts – one year. Three years behind bars. That’s plenty of opportunity for them to have the same stuff (and likely more) “dumped” on them.

    What heartless bastards.

  • rosey

    5 year work release probation, shackled & cleaning port-a-potty(s) – 4:00a.m. – 7:00 a.m. Mon-Fri, straight to school afterward, no time to shower or change clothes. That should do it, doesn’t even have to be 5 years for it to work. Humiliate the humiliater (is that a word?) hahaha

  • lanie

    The parents of the guilty boys should make them come forward. Don’t wait for the police to have to hunt them down. No matter what the court decides the parents should instill their own punishment that would help to educate them as well. Like have them volunteer in working with others with disabilities or working with children who have been bullied. Obviously these kids lacked empathy and need some work on there morals and judgment. Prayers to this young man and his family for a positive and wonderful life filled with true friends.

  • Margaret

    The fact this young man’s mom had the guts to publicize this speaks volumes about her courage. Her other son’s reaction warmed my heart. That’s one incredible family. That’s the hope I got out of this. Bless that family. The families of the bullies have a life time of work to do. Way to go, mom!!!

  • Rayline Dodson

    Maybe if the rewards were donated to ALS in his name?
    As far as punishment… Both offenders should have so START by explaining (NATIONALLY) what part of that horrific act they thought was a good idea… Followed by countless hours of serving society in whatever means needed