At least three teens in an upstate New York high school are facing possible criminal charges after a bullying incident in which a boy with special needs was made to drink from a dirty toilet. The bullies then posted video of the incident on social media, WHEC is reporting.
Police in Greece, New York, confirmed Wednesday that they are investigating three juveniles, all under the age of 16, in connection with a bullying incident at Greece Athena High School. The incident is still under investigation, and details are scarce because the perpetrators and victim are all juveniles.
What is known is that police were contacted by the school district after information somehow came to light that the three teens, according to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, were in the school’s bathroom with a male special needs student. Somehow, the bullies compelled the teen to pull down his pants, grab his crotch, and drink urine from a toilet. The bullies allegedly recorded the incident and then posted it on Snapchat, a social media app that sends texts, photos, and video to contacts and then deletes the content after a short period of time.
It’s unknown when the bullying incident took place, or how it was brought to the attention of school administrators.
Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan confirmed that an investigation is taking place into the alleged bullying incident, but that he could not disclose any further information.
The unnamed New York student joins a growing list of special needs kids who were subjected to horrific bullying. In February 2015, according to this Inquisitr report, 12-year-old special needs student Blake Kitchen was brutally beaten in the cafeteria at his middle school in Liberty, Missouri. The beating was so bad that his skull was fractured.
The Greece School District has issued a statement on the bullying incident.
“Today, the Greece Central School District was made aware of allegations about a serious incident at Athena High School that involved juvenile students and was reportedly captured on video. According to Director of Security Steve Chatterton, an internal investigation was started immediately and Greece Police were called in to determine whether a crime had been committed. The investigation is ongoing.
“Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams said the allegations are very disturbing. Appropriate discipline will be administered once all of the facts are obtained and the police have completed their investigation.”
As of this post, no criminal charges have been filed against the alleged bullies.
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