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Sep 16, 2009 11:57 AM by Associated Press

Boy fakes kidnapping to hide bad grades

An 11 year-old boy gets high marks in storytelling after staging a hoax to cover up his bad grades.

Police said the boy faked his kidnapping Friday to avoid bringing home a bad report card, saying that a man with a pistol snatched him after he left Ed White Middle School. The boy said the man forced him into a "beat-up car" and threatened to kill him.

"I'm going to take you somewhere and kill you," the boy claimed the man said, according to the Huntsville Times. The student said he escaped by jumping out of the car but wasn't able to grab his bookbag, which contained the report card.

He ran to his grandparents' house and later confessed to lying. His grandfather called police to apologize.

Sgt. Mark Roberts said police were suspicious that the boy was able to "escape" with his band instrument, but not his bookbag. Roberts said the boy faces no charges at this time. The whereabouts of the bookbag and report card are unknown, the local paper reported.

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