BAY VILLAGE, Ohio - The community of Bay Village is coming together against bullying after a video surfaced showing a cruel prank against a local teenager who has autism.
The 15-year-old victim's parents said other Bay High School students challenged their son to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS.
Instead of ice, they said the bucket poured over their son's head from a garage roof contained human urine, feces and spit.
Bay Village police are conducting a criminal investigation, which is expected to extend into next week. Investigators said the incident happened before the start of the school year at a Bay Village home.
Friday evening, ahead of a home football game in Bay Village, about 100 people rallied in front of Bay High School, chanting and holding signs about acceptance.
"Any time there's a time a student appears to be treated unfairly and unjustly, it's a terrible event so my heart goes out to the individual involved," Bay High School principal Jason Martin said.
"It's not the type of student body we have. We have a very compassionate, understanding student body."
Earlier in the day, a group of students organized a "blue out" at Bay High School, encouraging students to wear blue, a school color and symbol of autism awareness.
"I don't want people to think that group of kids who did that horrible thing represent my school," said Bay High School Senior Madison Fisher.
The students raised money to support ALS research and for Autism Speaks, an autism awareness organization.
"It's horrific what happened, and we just wanted to find a way to help," senior, Alex Furst, said.
Autism Speaks representatives set up an informational booth in the school to help students understand autism.
"I don't think people really get a full understanding of what autism is, especially since it is a spectrum disorder. So, there is a wide variety of issues that come with folks with autism," said Laura Hoffman with Autism Speaks.