An 11-year-old Spanish boy faked his own kidnapping in order to prevent a scheduled conference between his parents and teacher.
On Monday, an unidentified 11-year-old boy from Xinzo de Limia, Spain sent a text to his dad saying he had been kidnapped and was being held in the trunk of a car. His father called the boy and the child said he had been snatched off the street as he put trash outside. He went on to tell his father he did not know what direction he was going but did know that the car had a blue seat.
The boy's father, who is a police officer, told his supervisors what the boy had told him. Officers immediately set up road blocks to search for the boy and a nationwide alert was released in the event the vehicle had left the province. Authorities in neighboring Portugal were also notified in case the kidnappers attempted to take the child across the border. According to Voz de Galicia, approximately 100 officers and 50 vehicles were used to search for the boy.
The Guardian reports that about two hours after the boy contacted his father, the father noticed a set of keys to the family's spare apartment were missing. The father went to the apartment and found the boy hiding. It was then that the boy admitted the entire incident was a hoax and that he was afraid of his parents talking to his teacher.
Yahoo! News quoted an investigator as saying:
"The child’s poor school scores in recent weeks appear to explain a form of behavior that no one in Xinzo could understand."
Thankfully for the boy, law enforcement officials have decided not to press charges for what they call "a prank gone wrong". It is unknown if the boys parents will be as forgiving.