The Ice Bucket suspects have been identified by Ohio police following public support to bring them to justice.
According to Examiner, the trick involved an ice bucket challenge that turned into a demeaning act. The boy was autistic and was drenched with urine, feces and spit. Ohio police have identified those involved in the incident.
However, authorities are not yet releasing the names of the ice bucket suspects, and are not discussing potential charges as the investigation is not yet complete, said Bay Village, Ohio, Police Chief Mark Spaetzel.
Spaetzel told CNN:
“We are conducting a comprehensive investigation.”
Three celebrities have offered a reward to find the ice bucket suspects. Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg joined Drew Carey on Sunday in offering $10,000 each. Bay Village is a suburb of Cleveland, Carey’s hometown and the city where “The Drew Carey Show” was based.
A video by the ice bucket suspects shows a teen standing outside a garage door in his underwear when someone from the rooftop dumps a bucket of murky brown fluid over his head. The boy thought he was doing the ice bucket challenge.
The 15-year-old boy’s mother told CNN affiliate WJW-TV in Cleveland that the video was discovered on her son’s cell phone of the ice bucket prank.
“He was embarrassed because he did not know what the contents were until afterwards, and then he didn’t want anybody to know … They used his phone to tape it, and they put it up on Instagram.”
The stunt appears to be a spoof of the ALS ice bucket challenge in which participants get a bucket of ice water dumped over their heads. The campaign raises awareness and donations for research on Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. According to the ALS Association, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $110 million.
The Bay Village police said it has been interviewing witnesses and trying to identify those involved in the prank video of the ice bucket challenge.
“Preliminary information suggests this occurred prior to the start of the school year at a home in Bay Village … 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.”
The Bay Village Schools superintendent said the school district is “heartsick over the cruel actions taken against one of our students” over the fake ice bucket challenge.
Superintendent Clint Keener hopes the ice bucket suspects will face justice. He also said that many of his 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,” Keener said.