Bullying: Hate crime or prank?

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Beee
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Bullying: Hate crime or prank?

Postby Beee » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:15 pm

Drew Carey is taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to task with a $10,000 donation.

But the "Price is Right" host isn't forking over the funds for the overall cause. Instead he wants justice brought against the teens responsible for the horrible prank against an autistic boy.

"WTF? Just saw this. Horrendous," he tweeted Friday. "These kids should be arrested and expelled."

Carey was referring to the prank involving a 15-year-old autistic boy who thought he was participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge. After disrobing down to only his boxer briefs, the boy was humiliated when he was allegedly drenched in urine, feces and cigarette butts.
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainmen ... -1.1931334

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Re: Bullying: Hate crime or prank?

Postby Beee » Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:07 am

Did the parents do the right thing by bringing this humiliating act to the attention of the media? How does their child feel about the whole incident? Apparently the community of Bay Village has done the right thing by him. For the perpetrators, hopefully, this will teach them the meaning of compassion and human dignity. Although, is compassion and respect for another human being something that can be taught or is mob mentality part of human nature? http://fox8.com/2014/09/05/community-un ... teen-with-

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Re: Bullying: Hate crime or prank?

Postby -Sophie- » Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:05 pm

Yes, it's a hate crime. The autistic boy was targeted specifically because of his disability, and assaulted.
It's so disgusting, and disturbing on so many levels.

I'm almost certain that anyone who is capable of doing something like this isn't going to learn 'the meaning of compassion and human dignity' anytime soon.
Hopefully they will be caught, and charged. Unfortunately, there may be gaps in the law concerning hate crimes against persons with disabilities, so it's likely that they'll get off with a slap on the wrist. :(

It think it was a good choice, but likely a hard decision, on the part of the family to post this video. No doubt this boy was humiliated, shocked and surprised, and doesn't really like all the attention. It's good that he is being well supported by his own community-and other communities as well.

Although, is compassion and respect for another human being something that can be taught or is mob mentality part of human nature?

That's an interesting question. I think that compassion for others is an innate thing, but needs to be fostered.
And of course we're pack animals :) There are a few theories as to why some people can lose their individuality in group situations and do things they'd never do if they're alone.. Not sure if that's what happened in this specific situation.

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Re: Bullying: Hate crime or prank?

Postby Beee » Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:45 pm

Criminal defense attorney and law professor Ian Friedman isn’t directly involved with this case but said criminal charges against the juveniles involved could range from misdemeanor assault to disorderly conduct.

“As heinous as these acts were, it’s going to be difficult because under state law there’s really not a lot of offenses that fit,” Friedman said.

He said it likely doesn’t qualify as a hate crime in the state of Ohio, which could bring harsher penalties. Current law includes hate crimes based on race, religion, or national origin, not disability. An Ohio bill, proposed by Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood), would add language to include disability and sexual orientation and is in committee. http://www.autismdailynewscastattack/15 ... 15489/adn/

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Re: Bullying: Hate crime or prank?

Postby -Sophie- » Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:53 pm

It's good that they've identified the suspects:
http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news ... not-needed

An Ohio bill, proposed by Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood), would add language to include disability and sexual orientation and is in committee.



Sounds like a great idea, it should have already been included a long time ago.. but anyway. This bill was proposed last year, does anyone know how long the whole process usually takes?

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Re: Bullying: Hate crime or prank?

Postby Winnie » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:41 pm

Ugh! Another horrible story about bullying:

Autistic teen left PARALYSED 'after bullies force him to plunge 50ft from bridge'

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/au ... z3DQlaUhmg
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Re: Bullying: Hate crime or prank?

Postby -Sophie- » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:42 pm

update:

"Five teens have been charged with dumping a bucket containing urine and tobacco spit on a 15-year-old with autism who thought he was taking part in the “ice bucket challenge.”

Prosecutors in Cleveland said they’ve filed complaints against the youths ranging in age from 14 to 16 in juvenile court. They are all charged with disorderly conduct and three of the teens are also facing counts of delinquency and assault"

from: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/10/ ... ket/19761/

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Re: Bullying: Hate crime or prank?

Postby Beee » Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:54 pm

A Comment from Disability Scoop: " But I say let is not punish them, but let us educate them in the manner prescribed by IDEA. Does their behavior and thinking deviate from the norm? Yes. Then perhaps are “abnormal” and their behavior is “dysfunctional” What if we let them take on the label “emotionally disturbed” to carry with them, and let the label precede them and follow them as long as it applies. And now that they have received this label, let them be treated accordingly. It appears a FBA is to be performed, a BIP developed, and perhaps hey should be placed in a restrictive environment so they can receive the “support” and “monitoring” necessary to help them. Goals should be set for proper behavior and their progress monitored. Let their parents attend meetings to discuss their behaviors, and have “professionals” collaborate with the parents on how to best structure their teen’s IEP. (After all, the reports concerning special education and the treatment of those with disabilities in the school system, the society, and by our culture at large is nothing to fear). Let is discuss the need for medication to help them control their behaviors, the need for counseling, special diets and so on. Let the parents seek ways to help their children and navigate through the special education system."


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