College student fakes kidnapping to avoid telling parents about failing grades

Per the Huffington Post: a guy named Aftab Aslam faked his kidnapping and went missing for a week because he was flunking a college English class and didn’t want his parents to know:

Aslam camped for about a week in an undeveloped area in Forsyth County, but the weather turned cold and rainy and he went home.

As one of the commenters pointed out, “I hate to think what he’s going to do to avoid telling his folks about his jail sentence…”

From another comenter:

“According to other (slightly more enlightening!) reports it was the 2nd time he’d failed this class and it seems he was concerned about continued financial support.
He sent a text to his parents pretending to be the ‘kidnappers’ telling them not to contact the police. Oddly enough his parents on hearing their child had been abducted did contact the police (parents being a bit strange about things like that!) as a result the local police, the FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation all started looking for him (Law Enforcement being equally strange about things like that!) after 8 days when it got a bit damp and cold he went home and told everyone he had been drugged and held hostage.
If he were my son jail would be the safest place for him till I’d calmed down! I think he may want to reconsider his college classes, I suspect he would excel at drama!”

I flunked college math like four times and I never faked my own kidnapping. Not once.

Back in like 2004, a Northeastern University (Boston) college student vanished for a month and everyone was looking for him. He didn’t fake his own kidnapping, he just dropped off the face of the earth. If I recall right, his parents found him because they were tracking his debit card and noticed someone kept making withdrawals at the same ATM. It turned out he wasn’t going to graduate that year after all and was ashamed to tell them.

4 thoughts on “College student fakes kidnapping to avoid telling parents about failing grades

    • Meaghan May 24, 2013 / 12:38 am

      Yes, yes and yes. I talked to an LA reporter about Wendy Byron today but couldn’t tell her much. She knew more about the case than I did.

  1. Princess Shantae May 24, 2013 / 7:31 am

    What a big baby.

  2. Courtney May 27, 2013 / 11:53 am

    We had a 14 year old do the same thing in our town last week. He made up some story about being drugged and kidnapped by some guy in a red van with a rusty hood and held up in some attic he didn’t know the location of. He posted it to his facebook page and his family had the police and everyone sharing his picture. When he turned up he said he did it because he was mad at his mom and also said that everyone who is mad at him can go you know what-off. He didn’t offer an apology for wasting everyone’s time or making parents worry, let alone the cost of the police manpower. What a punk!!!

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