Two South Carolina boys fabricated a kidnapping report so they could skip school
Trent Faris, York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said investigators started to doubt the attempted kidnapping story was true when the boys' accounts of the incident weren’t the same.
Michael Husky, 10, and his cousin, 7, reported that a man tried to grab them in the morning of April 11 while they walked to school, according to what Michael’s mother, Terrie Ruff, told The Herald.
Ruff said the boys burst through the door of her home in terror, shaking and crying that “somebody just tried to get us.”
Officers were told the man was carrying a Leatherman multi-tool device with knives built in, which police discovered at the scene. It had been “found earlier by the children.”
“After interviews with witnesses, talking with the two boys involved and through the boys’ own confession, detectives discovered there was no attempted kidnapping on the morning of April 11, 2016,” Faris said in an April 20 statement.
Had the false report been filed by an adult, they’d be given a misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $200 or up to 30 days in jail. But no charges will be brought against the boys.
“It’s a good lesson for everybody,” said Faris. “Never is it a good time to falsely accuse anyone of any crime. … We hope these boys learn their lesson.”
When Terrie Ruff was reached for comment, she said, “He’s been punished by me and his dad.”
“It’s just a lot to take in right now… and trying to be a mom. My nerves are stretched. I don’t really want to talk about it,” said Ruff.
After the kidnapping report, York County investigators and officers “have worked countless hours over the last week to find answers,” said Faris.
Fort Mill school officials sent emails April 20 to Pleasant Knoll parents across the district to inform them that the abduction was falsified, according to the Charlotte Observer.
“While this incident is unfortunate, we are grateful to learn our students were not in danger,” Pleasant Knoll Principal Grey Young wrote.
“In this case, our students made a mistake, but as their school family, we support their learning and understanding and will use this experience as a teaching point when talking with all students about decision-making and how to respond accordingly.”