- Posted October 19, 2009 by
Watertown, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Colorado balloon hoax
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The Balloon Hoax Had Me Fooled...What's the Lesson?
For hours, the nation and I were focused on what we believed was a tragedy unfolding. When they found the balloon empty, we asked," Did he fall out?" We learned that the boy was not in the balloon from the beginning and were told, He was "hiding."We all breathed a sigh of relief at the boy's safe return.
Later, after the CNN's Wolf Blitzer's interview, questions were raised about the boy's statement, "We did this for the show. Authorities became suspicious.
Now we find it was an elaborate hoax to promote an upcoming reality show. I have to admit, I was totally duped. I wanted to believe that the boy would be found alive. I know what it feels like to be missing a child and then find them safely.
Henne and his wife they say, met at acting school. Well, they played this role to the max. What purpose did it serve? They ruined their credibility.
There will be an investigation by Child Protective Services. They will pay for the services they had involved and be charged with "filing a false report". Heene has had his 15 minutes of "fame".
I refuse to allow events like this to make me cynical about other things that may happen. I'll continue to believe the best in people until it's proven otherwise.
Personally, I wouldn't have jeopardized my credibility for a million dollars!
Was it worth it?
Obviously he hasn't read the story of "The Boy Who Called Wolf".