After all of the disaster-level coverage of the “boy in the balloon” incident in Colorado, we now find out that the police have evidence that it was hoax. The parents apparently thought it would make a helluva good addition to their resume to be “reality show” subjects.
A Colorado sheriff said Sunday it was a hoax when parents reported that their 6-year-old son was in a flying saucer-like helium balloon hurtling away from their home.
Sheriff Jim Alderden said Richard and Mayumi Heene “put on a very good show for us, and we bought it.”
“We believe that we have evidence at this point to indicate that it was a publicity stunt done with the hopes of marketing themselves or better marketing themselves for a reality television show at some point in the future,” Alderden said.
The sheriff said no charges had been filed yet, and the parents weren’t under arrest. He said he expected to recommend charges of conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, making a false report to authorities and attempting to influence a public servant.
When this story was unfolding, I didn’t waste time blogging about it. I was busy praying for the boy and his family. To see that it was just some jerk and his wife using their kid as a publicity prop doesn’t exactly engender sympathy from me. However, the best thing we can all do is express our disgust and then let he and his family fade away from the public eye. They don’t warrant so much as the time of day from any of us. Enjoy the fame, you clown. From this point on, I say let the Fort Collins police handle it and have the jackass serve some time in jail for leading the emergency crews on a wild-goose chase. Don’t even bother telling me about it, though. He’s gotten all the attention from me he’s going to get.