On Friday the 11th of September an as yet unnamed eleven year old boy returned home from school late and in tears. When questioned by his concerned parents the boy had a terrifying tale to tell them, a tale he’d soon be telling to the police officers who were called in by his frantic parents.
He explained how he’d been leaving Ed White Middle School when a man approached him and dragged him into a beat up old car. He tried to cry for help but the man covered his mouth and flashed a handgun. The man held him in the car for half an hour, driving around and threatening to kill him. Terrified, the boy escaped by jumping out of the car and running through gardens. He told his parents how scared he was that the man might find him because he hadn’t been able to grab his book bag while escaping.
And that’s where the story falls apart. You see, the boy hadn’t managed to grab his book bag but had grabbed his band instrument and managed to escape with that. Sergeant Mark Roberts said that this started their suspicions that there was more to the story than the boy was telling but couldn’t prove anything. Later that day the boy ran to his grandparents house and admitted that he’d made the whole thing up because he had his report card in his book bag and didn’t want his parents to find out about his bad grades. That’s right folks, the kid faked his kidnapping so he wouldn’t get in trouble for not studying as hard as he should. His grandfather called the police to apologise.
Now, I could end this by saying something about the boy who cried wolf or I could have fun wondering just how bad the boys grades were for him to do this, or even give some sane tips on how to get away with a bad school report. I could do any of that but I wont. Instead I’ll leave you with the following thought. The parents of an eleven year old boy, thinking someone had tried to kidnap him earlier that day, allowed him out of the house on his own to run to his grandparents house…