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Friday, October 23, 2009

Balloon Boy: The Falcon that doesn't fly

Seriously, what in the world is WRONG with these people?

Is there anybody who can tell me WHY these 'parents' thought this would be a good idea?

"DENVER – The mother of the 6-year-old boy once feared missing inside a
runaway helium balloon admitted the whole saga was a hoax, according to
court documents released Friday." Full article here.

If we step back for a moment and overlook the outrageous expense of the unnecessary search AND the hassle from shutting down all air traffic in the area AND the countless people who watched with worry and prayers for this poor child that had apparently been whisked away on a life threatening venture... then perhaps we can all try to find a bit of humor in the oversight and be thankful that the child was left unharmed.

Well, that was until...

UNTIL we all learned that the balloon escapade was indeed nothing more than a coached hoax. The world watched as the thread began to unravel before our very eyes. Little Falcon forgot his lines. Little Falcon reminded his father, in front of the news cameras, that he was hiding in the garage because his father told him to hid there.


Somebody forgot the nature of children.

Somebody forgot that children are easily confused and rarely perform on command.

Somebody messed up big time - and it wasn't Falcon.

It remains to be seen what consequences the adults in this action will face. There are rumors of CPS involvement and possible jail time when all is said and done.

How does this make you feel, as a parent, to know that these people coached their children to tell outrageous lies to public authority all for the sake of getting on TV?

Do you think that the parents should face the possibility of losing their children? Is this type of behavior something that could be considered abusive and worthy of removing the children from the home for their own well being?

Share your thoughts and opinions with me. I'm seriously baffled at this whole fiasco. I need more insight...


The Mind of a Mom said...

I think it was so disgusting that the dad did it for the publicity but really the worst part of all of this is that he would think it was a good idea to include the kids in this and then tell them to lie!

Granteots said...

Very irritating that they would do this. Poor kid. He will never live this down.

Petula said...

I don't think they should lose their children. I am not condoning what they did because it is baffling. Especially since I heard that they were already in negotiations for a reality show. I think that in the end they taught their children a valuable lesson: It does not pay to lie! Their children will probably always remember this experience and what happened because of a lie/deception.

I've noticed that people are desperate to make money nowadays. It's probably lucky that the only thing it was was a hoax and they didn't intentionally put their child in physical harm's way.