Stranger danger claim a hoax, TPD says
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A tense situation at Wakefield Middle School Friday.
A girl reports stranger danger. Police rush to respond to the threat, and find out it's something else altogether.
There's plenty of reason to be extra nervous these days...and that's extra reason for a teen aged girl, not to cry wolf.
With bombs in Boston, a man charged with sex slave kidnappings in Cleveland and a local kidnap charge right here in Vail, it's easy to be on edge, and easy to see why Wakefield Middle School took it seriously when a 13 year old girl said two men, wearing masks, tried to give her a ride.and as she turned them down and they drove off, she heard someone in their van screaming for help.
It was a compelling story and a flat lie.
Tucson Police Sergeant Chris Widmer says, "It was determined she was late for school and that is the reason she fabricated the story."
Now she could be in for much more than a tardy. Police have no sense of humor when hoaxes take time away from real dangers.
Take a recent case, when police shut down a section of Country Club while the bomb squad checked out a suspicious package. It turned out to be laundry.
They say Esther Bergin planted it as a hoax. Now she's facing a trial and maybe prison.
Students at Wakefield have a hard time understanding what their classmate did..
Azul Gray says, "I don't know why she would make that up it's really dumb."
Jose Huguez told us, "I think they should get arrested for making that lie because, that's something serious."
Now Tucson Police are deciding how serious the consequences could be for the girl who told a lie. They say because the child's a minor, parents could face some penalties too.