Thursday, September 18, 2014

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.


17 comments:

  1. This is absolutely sickening. The bullies should be severely punished for being so hateful.

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  2. I am completely disgusted...sick. These kids deserve jail time. ENOUGH!

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  3. I hate bullying. Each of my kids have been bullied in some one. One because she has red hair, one because he's a giant, and the other because he's so small.

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  4. This is disgusting and as you said - it is assault and the perpetrators should be severely punished. A week cleaning the toilets at a local jail sounds like a good idea. I am so sorry the boy was treated this way. But it's wonderful to see the community rallying around him. Hopefully, he'll recognize that people generally show more love and support then the few who are so disgustingly small-minded.

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  5. very well said, i do want that the bullying to be stop, as there are so many people who sometimes just can't protect and defend themselves... instead show them the love we can provide especially those who are bully

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  6. Oh no! How horrible bullies can be. They need to answer for their actions.

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  7. I agree, bullying should no way be tolerated not just at school but everywhere we go! Concerned citizens should report stuff like this ASAP! I want to put an end to bullying too because I have a daughter and I do not want anything bad to happen to her. Those people should be punished.

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  8. This is so sad to hear the story. I feel very sad for boy who accepted challenge with good intention but the challengers turned out in his worst experience. There should be severe punishment for this act.

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  9. Bullying worries me because I don't want my kids to experience it.

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  10. That's horrible! I've had experiences with bullying, and it is largely ignored in most areas. :-(

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  11. It's just insane for them to do it in a boy. They should be reprimanded for what they've done. :(

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  12. I hope those kids have learned a hard lesson. I can't even begin to imagine as a parent his happening to my child. Bullying is disgusting and I have know some parents to condone it because they thought their kid was just being tough and the other kids were weak because they "couldn't handle it". Those kids will have to deal with their actions one way or another.

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  13. I hate to hear abouat things like that. As a parent it's important to make sure you teach your children the sensitivity not only to never bully other children but to be there to support those who are victims like this boy.

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  14. How horrible...I cry as I read these words. I think these children/teens that did this act have probably become a by-product of our culture, that tends to 'hate' the disabled/different/weak, etc. I just read an article last night about a discussion of suing doctors if our children are born with congenital deformities and were undiagnosed in ultrasound. I recently read the stats on abortion of the disabled...breaks my heart. So much.
    I hope the parents are able to encourage their son & that he knows many are thinking of this bullied young man. Thanks for sharing this.

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  15. I don't know what has happened today but bullying is becoming a bigger problem. Yes when I was younger there was always the popular kids and there was some bullying but today people are more prejudiced and opinionated.

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  16. I could not bring myself... nor do I see it necessary to watch the video! Disgusting!!!!! Gross! As a parent of a child with special needs.... I am sad for this family. The emotional damage is going to be lifelong for this boy. Breaks my heart!

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  17. I've watched a movie similar to this situation. Kudos to everyone who is joining in this campaign.

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