TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - What started out as a scare near a local middle school has turned out to be a hoax.
Police say a 13-year-old Wakefield Middle School student walked to school this morning and reported she had refused a ride from two masked men in a van.
Officers say the girl told school staff that, as the van drove off, she heard someone inside screaming for help.
Police say, as detectives questioned the student, she admitted she made up the story because she was late for school.
Now she and her family could be held accountable, especially because of the police and school resources that had to be used.
Tucson Police Sgt. Chris Widmer says police take a report like this seriously and "take the investigation 100 percent."
"Initially what it took was some canvassing because we had very little information except what we had from this student. So it's some canvassing of the area to figure out if anyone else saw this vehicle or anything that happened or anything suspicious. It also took us to bring detectives out, take the girl aside and to interview her," Widmer says.
Widmer says, when school staff heard the girl's story, they immediately began checking to make sure no students were missing.
He says if charges are filed, they could include false reporting.