Apparently phone scams aren’t the only way to cash in on that massive prostitution bust that went down in China’s ‘sex capital’. Now, an opportunistic student looking to play hooky been caught spreading online rumors that his headmaster was arrested in the sex trade crackdown in Dongguan two weeks ago.
The 17-year-old, who has not been named, Photoshopped an image of the headmaster on to footage of the raid and posted the doctored picture online, along with the name of the headmaster and high school in Yibin city, Sichuan province.
The student superimposed a photo of the headmaster, Liu Bin, on to a screengrab of a CCTV presenter announcing the raid and even altered a headline to read as though the headmaster had been arrested.
The boy, who disliked school, had hoped his plan would delay the start of the spring term.
After he uploaded the image online, it spread like wildfire. He even made another post trying to counter the rumor, but the power of the World Wide Web had taken hold and there was nothing he could do to stop it.
Liu had been warned about the photo by a friend, and he immediately reported the incident to local authorities.
The student, however, has managed to evade punishment from both the authorities and the school. Officials told his parents that he should “calm down” at home after he experienced severe anxiety after the stunt.
We imagine his return will be greeted with a series of undercover high-fives from classmates all around.