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Alabama Teen Shot in Head During Home Invasion Prank

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A 15-year-old Alabama boy was in critical condition Sunday after he was shot in the head by a friend during a prank that police said went terribly wrong.

Jesse Rainey, 15, and seven male friends were spending the weekend at an unoccupied home that belonged to the grandmother of one of the boys, when a few of the teens decided to prank their friends by faking a home intrusion, Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May told ABC News.

“One of the young men cut the lights to the house, then a few of the other guys snuck back inside, wanting their friends to believe there was an intruder,” May said.

The teens were in the process of using flashlights to find the switch box, when Rainey jumped out of a closet.

His rattled friend immediately dropped a video game and fired a shot into Rainey’s head with a .38 caliber hand gun.

May called the shooting “accidental” and said after interviewing all of the boys and conferring with the district attorney’s office, no charges will be filed.  Drugs and alcohol were also not a factor in the shooting.

The teens called 911 at 3:30 a.m. Saturday.  Dispatchers were unable to find the rural home on a map, so the boys put Rainey in the bed of a pickup truck and drove him 10 minutes to a Midway convenience store.  They were met there by sheriff’s deputies and a medical team, May said.

Rainey was taken to Helen Keller Hospital, where he was stabilized before being transferred to the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.

May said the boys are all close friends who attend Colbert Heights High School together.

“This was a prank that went terribly wrong,” he said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


New York Child-Abduction Case Ends as a Prank

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEWBURGH, N.Y.) -- Newburgh, N.Y., police Thursday afternoon called off their investigation of a possible child abduction after determining that the kids who reported the incident had fabricated the entire story as a prank.

"We investigated every possible lead in determining whether the abduction had occurred with the interest of any possible victim in mind," the NPD said in a statement. "There is no indication that the abduction or any incident that could be perceived as an abduction had occurred."

Officials had already cancelled an AMBER Alert Thursday morning issued 16 hours earlier after a group of children, some as young as 5, reported the abduction of a 5-year-old girl.

Authorities in Newburgh, which is in Orange County about 60 miles north of New York City, issued the alert at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday but cancelled the child-abduction alert bulletin at 10:21 a.m. Thursday.

The group of children told police that two men got out of a pickup truck and grabbed the girl's mouth and neck and forced her into the truck shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday near South Junior High School, according to an earlier police news release.

Police soon issued the AMBER Alert for the missing child and were working with the FBI. Police told ABC News that as of 10 a.m. Thursday, no one had come forward to report a missing child in the area.

Newburgh police had told ABC News affiliate WABC earlier that they had no reason not to believe the group of kids who say they saw the abduction. The witnesses did not say whether the girl was with anyone at the time of the abduction.

"A guy came out of the pickup truck and grabbed her mouth and her neck and she was trying to scream and couldn't," a child told WABC. "They put her in a garbage bag. All you could see is her head. And they put her in the car and drove off."

Another child told WABC, "I saw the pickup truck. It had blue license plates, and when the man got out of the car with two bags, we started running."

The girl was described as possibly Hispanic, about 5 or 6 years old and 3 feet tall with long black hair and wearing a short-sleeve, bright-pink shirt with white stripes, according to the news release.

Now, police say, "There was no pickup truck, other vehicle or small child during the time of the reported incident. Detectives continuously reviewed video footage prior to, during and post the report for any possible incident. None were observed."

"The reporting children were observed playing around the school without incident."

Police have no plans to file charges against the children for making a false report.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Principal Sorry for Student-Parent Kissing Prank, Minn.) -- A Minnesota high school principal is apologizing for a pep rally prank in which the captains of the school’s sports teams were tricked into locking lips with their own parents.

The athletes were blindfolded at the winter pep fest and told they would be kissed by a special someone, presumably a fellow student. Instead, they were kissed by their own parents, who were not blindfolded.

The prank was filmed and uploaded to YouTube, where various versions of the video had over 33,000 hits as of Friday morning.

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Some of the kisses in the video lasted for several seconds; the footage shows one pair kissing and rolling around on the ground.

One student, still blindfolded, was asked if he knew who had kissed him, and responded that his “special someone” had “luscious lips.”

After receiving about a dozen complaints from people inside and outside the district, John Wollersheim, the high school’s principal, apologized for the prank.

“This activity was intended to be fun, but some found it offensive,” he wrote in a statement released Tuesday. “We apologize to anyone who was offended by this activity.”

Wollersheim received both positive and negative feedback in emails from those who had viewed the video, some feeling the school's critics should have a better sense of humor.

For others, the video was an example of the school teaching students poor values.

“What can possibly be the justification for ridiculing students and their parents in pseudo sexual manner!” one person wrote in an email. “What are we telling students if this sort of thing is not only condoned by the administration but blatantly encouraged?”

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