This is a heartbreaking story of a young 15 year old boy in Bay Village, Ohio. He has autism, and despite his disability, he showed his compassion towards people suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS. He was convinced by schoolmates to do the Ice-bucket challenge, to which he readily agreed. Little did he know that he would be the subject of a cruel prank.
It was said that the victim, clad only in his underwear stood in front of garage door expecting to have ice water poured over him. The bullies got up on the roof with a bucket filled with feces, urine, spit and cigarette butts which they poured over the unsuspecting victim. Watch the video here.
This is not just bullying. This is assault! I feel for the parents of this boy. How can people be so cruel? I have first cousin who is mentally impaired. His mental age is comparable to that of an 8 month old infant. We are very protective of him and so far, he has not been a victim of bullying or any other form of cruelty.
I am writing this post to make people aware and make a stand against the cruelty of bullying. This boy had the purest intention to help those suffering from ALS, however, he was turned into a victim of such an inhuman act. The family is heartbroken and is doing everything they can to help their son go back to his usual self before this incident happened.
GiveForward, through the efforts of Ethan Austin has started a fundraiser to help the family and to give a shout out to the world that LOVE is bigger than HATE. (#Love>Hate). Let us show our love and support for this brave, caring, boy by leaving words of encouragement on the fundraiser page, or donate (any amount will do) to help the family cope.