BAY VILLAGE, OH (WOIO) - Bay Village High School students say that the cruel ALS prank by a fellow student has left a black eye on their student body. The recorded incident, that was posted on Instagram, shows a 14-year-old student with Autism having a bucket full of feces, urine and spit dumped on him. The special needs student was convinced by at least two other Bay Village students that he would be doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. That obviously wasn't the case.
The prank didn't happen on school property, but students at Bay Village High School say they are being painted with a negative brush for the bad actions of a few.
So, in an effort to set the record straight and turn this into a teachable moment, students were dressed in blue today to show their support for Autism Awareness.
"We are really a good group of kids who are generous. We try to be nice to everyone," said Madison Fisher, one of the student organizers of a day full of gestures aimed at Autism and Bullying awareness.
By lunchtime, many students and their parents had made donations raising hundreds for ALS and Autism Speaks.
A representative from "Autism Speaks," an organization that helps people with Autism, was also on hand to provide information to students who had questions.
"You know any time you see a video in which a student you have a connection to is mistreated, it really pulls at your heart and your heart really goes out to that individual," said Bay Village High School Principal, Jason Martin.
Martin says he's met with the victim and those accused of the humiliating act. He asked that we not disclose whether the students involved were back in their classes for safety reasons. Martin says the school has received threatening phone calls from around the country since news of the disgusting prank spread.
"I believe that there is a great deal of remorse. I believe that if people could go back and change their actions they would. I think these individuals have learned a tough lesson," adds Martin.
And, this is the student body, after all, that just last fall, elected a teenage girl with Autism to their Homecoming Court.
"We really are good kids here. A couple of kids made a really bad choice, but it shouldn't overshadow the great things that so many other kids are doing," said Sarah Evans, a senior at Bay Village High.
In an effort to show that the community will not tolerate bullying, a group gathered in the front of Bay Village High School for a vigil before a Friday night football game.
One huge banner read, "Respect for all is a Bay Village value."
Bay Village Police say they are still investigating and have not filed any charges yet against anyone involved in the incident.