Police: Ohio teens bullied boy with developmental challenges
4 Fast Facts
- Two eight-grade students face assault charges.
- They allegedly forced a boy with developmental challenges to lick a piece of candy they wiped on a urinal.
- The incident was caught on a surveillance camera.
- They were suspended from school last week.
SYLVANIA, Ohio (March 1, 2016) — Two eighth-graders accused of assaulting and bullying a classmate with developmental challenges at a northwest Ohio school have been charged in juvenile court.
Police in Sylvania, near Toledo, allege the boys had the 14-year-old classmate lick a piece of candy after secretly wiping it in a bathroom urinal, and then they revealed what they’d done and punched and teased him.
The February 18 encounter was captured on surveillance video. The 14-year-old suspects were suspended last week.
They’re charged with assault and violating the Ohio Safe Schools Act, which prohibits bullying.
It’s not clear if the boys have attorneys. If they’re found delinquent, they could face months in juvenile detention.
The alleged victim’s mother tells The Blade newspaper that he’d been bullied previously but that there wasn’t proof in those instances.