A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy in Churriana has caused chaos after claiming he had been kidnapped to avoid being told off for being late into lessons after playtime.
A message, believed to have been recorded by a prankster, of a woman saying her nephew had been kidnapped from a school in Churriana spread like wildfire across chat groups and social media, throwing parents into a panic.
The police picked up on the message and began to investigate, yet when officers from the Local Police force’s Investigation and Protection Group went to Manuel Fernandez School in Churriana the management explained that the story was an excuse thought up by the young boy.
After returning late from the playground after break time, the boy told his teacher that a man had climbed over the fence, grabbed him and carried him outside, but had later got cold feet and climbed back in to return him.
However, the child later broke down and explained it had all been an elaborate story to avoid a telling off for dawdling.
To double check, the officers inspected the fence and found that it was more than two metres high and would have been impossible to climb over carrying a child.
Now investigations are underway to find out where the recorded message came from and whether it went against the Citizens’ Safety Laws and the police have asked people to use common sense before sharing this type of message and creating unnecessary social alarm.