Police have located the suspects who reportedly poured a bucket of feces, urine, spit and cigarettes onto an autistic teenager as a prank while filming an ASL Ice Bucket Challenge video.
In the widely-spread video – made public by the boy’s family to educate the public about bullying – the teenager stands under a garage in underwear before he is drenched with the contents of the bucket, which he expected to be ice water, according to the Daily Mail.
Suspects videotaped the incident from the teenager’s cell phone.
As the footage from Cleveland, Ohio gained more attention, many internet users called for the individuals who bullied the 15-year-old teenager to be punished.
Police chief Mark Spaetzel said in a statement that local police have found the individuals responsible and are planning to bring the case to prosecutors in the area, according to Cleveland.com.
“We are being very thorough in gathering all the necessary facts before presenting to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office,” Spaetzel said in the statement.
Diane, the teenager’s mother, said that she and other family members wanted to post the video to draw attention to the cruelness of bullying, according to FOX 8.
“The bucket challenge is supposed to be raising awareness for this disease and now they’ve turned it into a sick joke,” she said. “I just can’t understand why kids would do something this cruel.”
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge aims to raise money to combat the disease and to educate individuals about ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. ALS is also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Source: Daily Mail, Cleveland.com, FOX 8