BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (TheBlaze/AP) — Comedian Drew Carey is offering to help police find those involved in dumping a bucket filled with urine, feces, spit and cigarette butts on a special-needs teen who was reportedly told the prank was part of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge."
Carey, a Cleveland native and host of "The Price is Right" who previously starred in "The Drew Carey Show," posted on his Twitter account Saturday that he's willing to donate $10,000 if police in suburban Bay Village want to start a reward fund:
If the Bay Village PD wants to start a reward fund to find who did this, contact me. I'll donate $10k. http://t.co/ugqeLbu5ob— 🅳🆁🅴🆆 🅲🅰🆁🅴🆈 (@🅳🆁🅴🆆 🅲🅰🆁🅴🆈)1409987080.0
The comedian expressed outrage when he learned of the incident:
WTF? Just saw this. Horrendous. These kids should be arrested and expelled. (Via @clevelanddotcom) http://t.co/ugqeLbu5ob— 🅳🆁🅴🆆 🅲🅰🆁🅴🆈 (@🅳🆁🅴🆆 🅲🅰🆁🅴🆈)1409986855.0
The 15-year-old boy's mother found a cellphone video of teenagers dumping the bucket on her autistic son. She said her son was tricked by other students, WKYC-TV reported.
“He was embarrassed because he did not know what the contents were until afterwards and then he didn’t want anybody to know,” the victim's mother told WJW-TV. “They used his phone to tape it and they put it up on Instagram.”
“This is just too far. It’s really bad,” his brother, Jacob, told the station.
The Bay Village Police Department described the incident as a "heinous act" in a statement released Friday afternoon, the station reported, and will bring charges when they identify those responsible.
[sharequote align="center"]“I just can’t understand why kids would do something this cruel."[/sharequote]
Bay Village High School organized a vigil for the teen before a football game on Friday and school officials have condemned the prank, noting to WKYC that they will discipline any student involved.
According to a representative for Autism Speaks, Bay High students will be raising funds for the organization Friday at school and at the football game.
“The bucket challenge is supposed to be raising awareness for this disease and now they’ve turned it into a sick joke,” the victim’s mom told WJW. “I just can’t understand why kids would do something this cruel.”
WJW noted to its viewers that the victim's parents wanted the station to air the video to raise awareness about bullying.