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Teens sentenced in ‘cruel’ Ice Bucket Challenge prank

Posted at 1:19 PM, Nov 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-24 13:19:16-05

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BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (PIX11) — Three teens who dumped a bucket filled with urine and tobacco spit over the head of an autistic classmate in a sick twist on the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge learned their fate Monday, in a decision that many say is simply a slap on the write.

The trio were sentenced to varying hours of community service, school work and are required to apologize to the victim.

It happened just before the school year began and the disgusting act was recorded. Five teens had duped the victim into participating in what he thought was the Ice Bucket Challenge, a good-natured contest in which participants recorded themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads to raise money and awareness for ALS.

But in reality, the 15-year-old was the victim of a “cruel” and disgusting prank.

The family of the victim, who attends Bay High School in Bay Village, Ohio, said they were “horrified” when they discovered video of their loved one being bullied.

The victim’s attorney on Monday read in court a message from the boy to his attackers, who were not named because they are juveniles.

“Why would you do that to me? I trusted you guys. How dare you?” the teen wrote.

The first culprit was sentenced to six months probation and 200 hours of community service, 50 hours of which are related to a prior case involving possession of marijuana, PIX11 News affiliate Fox 8 reports. He apologized to the victim and his family in court and must also write him a letter of apology.

The second bully received six months probation and 100 hours of community service, 20 hours of which were related to a prior arson case. He’ll have to write a letter of apology to the victim, be subject to random urine tests, and will be required to do a minimum hour of school work every day.

Finally, the third culprit was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, must write the victim a letter of apology, and improve his English grades. A no-contact order between this teen and the victim was dissolved by the judge, so they can reestablish their friendship.

Two other teens face less serious charges in the case.