Police charged a woman and three juveniles in Bergen County with harassment for holding a developmentally disabled child down, pulling his pants down and filming it to share on social media, authorities said.
On Sept. 9, the Fair Lawn Board of Education told police on Wednesday they received a video that showed a 14-year-old developmentally disabled boy from Fair Lawn who had his pants and underwear pulled down while being filmed on a cell phone in Berdan Grove Park, Sgt. Brian Metzler said in a statement.
The investigation revealed that four people, including a 19-year-old woman, were involved and the video had been posted on Snapchat and TikTok apps, the statement said.
Police charged Alis Fidrya, 19, a 16-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy with multiple crimes, including invasion of privacy, cyber-harassment and harassment, according to the statement. All four charged are from Fair Lawn and the 16-year-old, 13-year-old and 10-year-old will be charged as juveniles, the statement said.
The video shows the 13-year-old boy holding the 14-year-old victim while the 10-year-old pulls down the victim’s pants and underwear, according to police. Fidrya and the 16-year-old girl filmed it before posting on social media, the statement said. The park was crowded with people at the time, according to the Daily Voice.
As the video circulated, school and borough officials and the public were united in outrage.
In a letter to the school community, Superintendent Nicholas Norcia said the district received “dozens of emails and phone calls alerting us to a disturbing video on TikTok that involved Fair Lawn School District students.” Norcia said the video was reported to police immediately and assured parents that the district would respond. It was not clear what disciplinary action, if any, would be taken at the district level.
“This type of behavior is absolutely unacceptable and I implore you to speak to your children about the dangers of such actions and social media,” he said.
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