Photo Ryn Gargulinski

From a 6-year-old kid who floated away in a homemade hot air balloon to tales about Elvis being alive and working at Wal-Mart, our society is full of lies.

We may expect such falsities from some politicians – but a 12-year-old girl?

The Pima County preteen who claimed a man tried to abduct her the morning of Jan. 25 on her way to the bus stop near Romero and Wetmore roads later admitted she made the whole thing up.

“Detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit have determined the 12-year-old female fabricated the story entirely, ” according to the news release from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. “The 12-year-old female has been cited for False Reporting to Law Enforcement. She was referred to her parents.”

Wonder how much of her allowance money will go to pay any fines.

We also have to wonder why she did it. While the family’s name was not released and we could not talk to the girl directly, we do have some theories.

She wanted attention. The most obvious theory in this case, people may lie because they feel no one is paying them any mind. This type of story not only gets attention from authorities, the media, the school and classmates, but also garners center stage with parents.

She wanted to bolster her ego. Folks often lie to feel better about themselves or to make others believe they are some superstar. This theory is found again and again with fishermen whose catch of the day story often grows from a 5-inch bass to a 5-foot, man-eating shark.

She honestly thought it happened. If this is the case, therapy rather than punishment should be in store. Delusions are not healthy. They also may end in tragedy if your dog starts telling you to kill people.

She wanted the day off from school. We must admit, spending a morning sipping soda at Circle K then being the star of sheriff’s investigation sounds a bit more exciting than sitting through math class.

While these examples are full of sarcasm, lying is actually some serious business. It can put innocent men and women in jail, shatter families and break hearts. It can also have us scurrying to every Wal-Mart to see how Elvis looks at age 75.

Trust is such a fragile thing. It takes years to gain it and one millisecond for it to evaporate.

Hope she enjoyed her day off from school.


What do you think?

Are you angry about the incident or concerned about the girl – or both?

What would be apt punishment? How would you punish your own child if she pulled this?

Have you ever cried wolf?

Have you ever fallen prey to those who cry wolf?