BAY VILLAGE, Ohio -- The Bay Village Schools superintendent responded to an Ice Bucket Challenge video showing a special needs student in the district allegedly getting a mixture of bodily fluids and cigarette butts dumped on his head.
The Bay High School student has autism. His mother, Diane, discovered the clip on her 15-year-old's cell phone.
She told Fox 8 News she wants the people responsible to be held accountable, adding they targeted someone who "didn't really understand what was going on."
The family asked Fox 8 News to air the video to make other parents aware of bullying.
The video is disturbing. To see it, scroll down or click here.
Clint Keener, the superintendent, responded with this statement on Thursday:
Dear Bay Village students, parents, staff and community members:
Our entire Bay Village Schools community is heartsick over the cruel actions taken against one of our special needs students as shown in the recent video aired (September 3) on Fox 8 News. The student and family targeted by this act have our utmost sympathy, and we will work to let this student know that we care very much about his well being.
We are supporting our Bay Village Police Department as they vigilantly work to complete their investigation in this case.
Many of our students and staff members have been participating in fundraising for ALS through the Ice Bucket Challenge. It hurts us deeply to see such a wonderful effort twisted to deliberately cause someone pain.
At Bay High, many students volunteer specifically to make sure our special needs students find the companionship and acceptance that will make them happy and successful at our school. What happened recently does not in any way reflect the vast majority of our students.
We urge our parents and our community members to be patient as we work to discover all the facts. This incident is, at present, a police matter. Please respect the privacy of all the minor children involved, both victim and suspected offenders. While the incident happened outside of our school day and off campus, our schools will take all appropriate action available to us in terms of disciplinary action once the investigation is complete.
We also expect that our student body will, as they always do, use this event as an opportunity to show that the greatest antidote to this type of cruelty and ignorance is the kindness and caring that they demonstrate time and again, each and every school year.
In the video, the boy with autism is seen standing in the driveway of a home off school grounds. He’s wearing only his underwear as a bucket of fluid is poured from the roof of the garage. The bucket allegedly contained a mix of feces, urine, spit and cigarette butts instead of ice water.
“He was embarrassed because he did not know what the contents were until afterwards and then he didn’t want anybody to know,” said the student's mom. “They used his phone to tape it and they put it up on Instagram.”
The Bay Village Police Department was made aware of the alleged incident on Wednesday. According to Det. Kevin Krolkosky, criminal charges could be filed.
“It’s disturbing to watch, you can obviously tell that somebody has been taking advantage of there,” said the detective.
Krolkosky met with the parents and said it’s not a prank; it’s possibly a crime committed on the boy with autism by a group of juveniles who could face delinquency charges.
Fox 8 News withheld the family's last name to help protect their son.
The video can be viewed as part of the original report below.
**Important note: The video is disturbing. The family asked that we show it to make other parents aware of bullying.**
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