Ehrm.... when you stage an abduction.... you usually don't actually, bind, blindfold and abduct people while threatening them with assault rifles, throw them in a car, drive them a short distance and toss them in a basement. Then it becomes a real abduction, not a staged one.Staged abduction at youth group meeting now under investigation
The Dauphin County District Attorney's Office is stepping in to investigate a staged abduction that shook up a church youth group. It happened in Lower Swatara Township with masked men storming into a class.
The leaders of the Glad Tidings Assembly of God say the abduction was staged to teach the young people about religious persecution. But a seventh grade girl was so traumatized; her mother went to the police. Now, the Dauphin County District Attorney has joined the investigation.
According to reports, a group of masked men stormed the youth group meeting, ordered a dozen students to the ground, bound and blindfolded them, drove them a short distance before ending the acting.
A youth group leader said the exercise was never meant to horrify the youth. The pastor says he will continue to do this, because the lesson is too important. But he will notify parents first.
Holy cr@p, and this pastor says he will continue to do these "staged abductions" because he feels it is an important lesson.
Not mentioned in the article, is that apparently one of the morons involved in "staging" the abduction was an off-duty policeman, who was wearing a real gun (but not loaded) at the time. When I read this, I can't help but think in how many ways this abduction could have gone even more wrong. Someone could have actually gotten killed. These children got their heads covered with pillows, and some of them might have believed they were going to die. So one of them, or perhaps a witness on the street, could have attacked and killed one of the abductors.
In fact, I would not be surprised if one of the victims would have instantly strangled the pastor to death on the spot after finding out it wasn't real. Spoiler: Not unlike the ending to the movie catacombs. What were these people thinking?!