Three Ohio teenagers who pulled an ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” prank on an autistic classmate will not be spending any time in jail.
The three Bay Village teens who dumped urine, tobacco and spit on a 15-year-old autistic boy during the sick prank have been sentenced to probation, community service and ordered to write an apology to the victim.
According to the New York Daily News, the sentence comes after the teens pleaded guilty to charges of assault and disorderly conduct in the Aug. 18 stunt.
The victim and his family did not come to court Monday, but their attorney read a statement from the 15-year-old to his attackers, whose names have been withheld because they are juveniles, cleveland.com reports.
“Why would you do that to me? I trusted you. How dare you?” the boy’s statement reads.
The autistic teen thought he was taking part in the ice bucket challenge for charity when the boys poured the bucket of sludge on him in August, and filmed the whole prank.
The video went viral after the victim’s mother found it on his cell phone and released it to the media.
In a statement also read by the boy’s attorney, his mother said he kept the incident a secret for two weeks because he was embarrassed and afraid to lose his so-called friends.
She said other students knew her son was a “special ed kid,” but the pranksters claim they were unaware of the diagnosis.