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Fake-or-Fact Friday: Boys Will Be Boys Edition

March 14, 2014

Two of these news items really happened. One of them only happened…in our minds. Can you tell which is the fake? The answer is below.


An 11-year-old loan shark in the Bronx is heading to juvenile court after he allegedly broke the index finger of a 13-year-old classmate. The child, whose name has not yet been released, reportedly loaned $550 to the student, who wanted to buy an iPhone. When the borrower failed to make his second payment, he was attacked by four boys on his way home from The Castle Hill Middle School #127. According to officials, this isn’t the first time the 11-year-old loaned money to a schoolmate. It’s not clear where the child was getting the money to loan out, but officials have not ruled out charges against his parents.


Three third-graders in California were busted for smoking marijuana in the boys’ room at their elementary school, in what local officials are calling the youngest drug bust they’ve ever seen. The boys were discovered by another student, who turned them in. The chief of police in Sonora, California, said a small amount of marijuana and a pipe were seized, and that the children did not appear to have succeeded in getting high. The boys were detained and questioned briefly before being released into the custody of their parents.


An alternative school in Cambridge, England, serves 200 students, aged 14 to 16, that have been kicked out of other schools because of behavioral problems, such as cutting class and being caught smoking. Headmaster Claire George came up with a novel way to prevent both of those problems: The school allows for twice-daily, 10-minute supervised cigarette breaks. Each morning, students turn their cigarettes into a teacher, and are given them back for the breaks, which are held off campus but are fully supervised. (Parental consent is required for participation in the program.)

Want more fakes? Check out Uncle John’s Fake Facts. (Really!)

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