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Prank lands 5 North Texas teens in jail

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Five North Texas teens were arrested Thursday after someone mistook a kidnapping prank for the real thing.

According to Trophy Club Police Commander Lee Delk, a parent at Byron Nelson High School saw someone wearing a mask or stockings over his face grab a teen boy and shove him in the trunk of a car, then drive off.

The parent, who was at the school picking up her child and witnessed the event while waiting for her son, called police.

Officers arrived and spoke with several students, but only after looking at surveillance video and spending hours interviewing witnesses, did they determine the "kidnapping" was a joke.

"They did it because they thought it would be fun," Delk said.

Five students are facing charges of filing a false alarm or report, which is a state jail felony because it happened on school grounds.

The underage teens were taken to the Denton County Juvenile Detention Center.

The five arrested students included two girls and a boy in the front of the car, the "victim" in the trunk, and a fifth teen who recorded the event on cell phone video. The "victim" was in on the prank, Delk said.

Officers called the students' parents and had them return the teens to school to discuss the incident, and arrested them there.

Police said the whole thing might have been solved more quickly if students had come forward first.

"We determined that several other kids that weren't actively involved were aware of the prank as well," said Delk. "They did not let the officers know when the officers showed up asking questions."

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