Newlyweds Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg are joining forces to stand up for what's right. The former View host (who has been an outspoken voice on the subject of autism ever since her son, Evan, was diagnosed with the disorder) and her husband have each pledged to match Drew Carey's $10,000 reward to find the bullies who dumped a bucket of water, spit, feces, and urine on an autistic teen trying to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
On Sunday, the 41-year-old mom took to Twitter to announce her intentions:
"If this "s—-y" prank was real… Then I'm joining @JennyMcCarthy and @DrewFromTV and offering another $10K to the reward! That makes 30K!" Wahlberg tweeted in solidarity with his bride.
Montel Williams also joined the fight:
Just one day prior, The Price Is Right host Carey had tweeted his initial offer:
The 14-year-old victim's mother found a video of the cruel prank on her autistic son's cell phone (though the video was posted to Instagram for the rest of the world to see as well). The school responded with a vigil for the victim before a football game on Friday and the Bay Village Police Department has launched a formal investigation into the incident, though not much has been determined as of yet.
"As parents and those with friends who have children with autism, we are appalled by the actions of the youth involved in the assault on this young man. It is sad and disheartening to see this type of behavior from our youth. Those involved will be held accountable for their actions," the department revealed in a statement posted to its Facebook page. "Preliminary information suggests this occurred prior to the start of the school year at a home in Bay Village."
Williams shared further thoughts on the incident on his Facebook page, pointing fingers at the parents of whoever performed the prank.
"No child is born wanting to do this. We have to as parents, ask ourselves where we've gone wrong. This video made the rounds and it's in front of someone's home. Don't tell me some parent somewhere doesn't know their kid did this," he said. "Drew Carey tweeted he'd put $10k into a reward fund. I have said I'll ante up. But that can't solve the problem. I'd rather speak at the school and tell these kids why this isn't how we behave. Better yet I'll talk to the parents. This has to stop. Our kids see what we do, what we say. It's no wonder in a country this polarized things like this happen.
"Teach your children well. Quite frankly, the parents of the kids who did this ought to go to jail too."
While we hope those responsible for this terrible incident are brought to justice, we have to admit we have mixed feelings about a $40,000 (and rising) bounty now up for those we can only assume are minors. What do you think?
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