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Boy fakes own kidnapping to stop parents from meeting teacher

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A classroom at the Swinfen Hall borstal near Lichfield, Staffordshire (R. Viner/Getty)

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It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. An 11-year-old Spanish boy faked his own kidnapping, according to the U.K.'s Guardian, because his mom and dad were set to meet his teacher later that day—and he didn't want to be around for the aftermath.

Needless to say, things didn't go as planned. The boy sent a text message to his father—a police officer in the northern town of Xinzo de Limia—saying he had been kidnapped and stuffed in the back of a car. His father called him immediately. The boy said he didn't know where he was being taken. He then faked phone static and hung up. Chaos ensued.

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A manhunt was launched with roadblocks, and news reports and APB alerts were sent out. Law enforcement was even watching the Portugal border in case the phantom kidnapper tried to cross over. The charade proceeded for several hours until the father noticed that the keys to the family's other apartment were missing. The father went to the second residence and found his son, safe and sound.

The boy apparently had been terrified about the parent-teacher conference. "The child’s poor school scores in recent weeks appear to explain a form of behavior that no one in Xinzo could understand," the Guardian said, explaining the quote was from a report in Spain’s Voz de Galicia newspaper.

Fortunately for the boy, the police are not pressing charges, calling the incident a prank gone wrong. We're guessing his parents might not be so forgiving.

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