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Girl lied about kidnap attempt at Rancho Palos Verdes school, authorities say

A 10-year-old girl who said a man tried to kidnap her at a Rancho Palos Verdes elementary school has admitted that the incident never happened, authorities said Wednesday.

"The little girl came in and admitted that she lied," said Sheriff's Lt. Vicky Stuckey of the Lomita station.

The girl told authorities that a man tried to grab her arm as she walked out of the restroom March 17 at Mira Catalina Elementary School, 30511 Lucania Drive.

Stuckey said no charges would be filed against the girl, who told investigators she was sorry. The reported kidnapping sparked concern among parents who wondered how the man had entered the campus.

-- Robert J. Lopez

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Wow...that's a really serious attention getting scheme...not exactly the norm for a 10 year old.

Heads up parents...

I knew it sounded fishy. Stick the parents with the bill.

I'm not surprised. I knew something was fishy about her story when this first happened. Was she looking for attention, what did she do this for. She wasted everybody time pulling this stunt. I'm sure the Sheriff's Dept had better things to do.

That's it! They'll give her her own reality show just like any other attention getter. :sigh: take her barbies away

Oh geez. What would cause the girl to lie? Kids don't realize the magnitude of their made up stories.

Kids often do this to avoid getting into trouble. In the news this past week: a boy made up "I was kidnapped and then escaped" story to avoid getting into trouble for coming home late. It was in the news.

The other motive is, as Eve mentioned, a bid for attention. Parents and child need to meet with the principal, etc. and help the child realize the seriousness of what she did. One thing they need to be made aware of is the COST of what she did.

I also felt it was fishy. Most schools nowdays are quite secure. Parents and other adults at the school where I teach have to enter through the office, sign the visitors' book, and get a visitor's badge from office staff before entering campus. The only time the gates are open directly to the street are in the morning and at dismissal. There is always a staff member at the gates at those times.


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