Bay Village Police have issued the following statement on this week’s Ice Bucket Assault report:
On September 3rd, a Bay Village mother reported her 14-year-old son with autism was the victim of a prank “ice bucket challenge”. Her son was with a group of youth and thought he was going to be doused with a bucket of ice water. Instead, a bucket full of water, urine and spit was dumped on him. The incident was recorded by the youth and posted to Instagram.
As parents and those with friends who have children with autism, we are appalled by the actions of the youth involved in the assault on this young man. It is sad and disheartening to see this type of behavior from our youth. Those involved will be held accountable for their actions.
The Bay Village Police Department is working quickly and thoroughly to investigate this heinous act. We are working closely with the Bay Schools, analyzing the device used to record the video, interviewing witnesses, determining exactly where and when this occurred and identifying those involved. Preliminary information suggests this occurred prior to the start of the school year at a home in Bay Village. At the conclusion of our investigation, we will present our information to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office for determination of appropriate charges.
We understand the collective community anger. It is the hope of our community that this anger will be channeled into a positive action and supporting organizations such as Autism Speaks. Anyone wishing to make a personal donation to the family should contact the family representatives at the offices of Valore & Gordillo at 440-333-7330.