FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) - Two boys, who sparked a lockdown after they said a man attempted to abduct them with pliers and a knife, have now told the York County Sheriff's Office that they made the story up.
The boys, ages 7 and 11, told detectives last week they were walking to school on Whitley Road, in Fort Mill, when a man came out of the woods. They said he was wearing a dark grey hoodie sweatshirt, and dark pants walked out of the woods holding a knife in one hand and a pair of pliers in the other hand.
According to the boys, the man said "come here boy" to them and they ran away.
Pleasant Knoll Elementary School was temporarily placed on an "exterior lockdown," meaning students were kept inside for the day and all exterior doors remain locked. The lockdown was lifted around noon.
Investigators say after questioning the boys about the story they later admitted they made it up in an effort to skip school for the day.
The multi-tool "pliers" they said the man was holding when he walked out of the woods was found earlier by the children and left as "evidence" of their story. York County deputies used a dog to search for a suspect.
WBTV talked to older boy, and his family, the day he made up the story.
The York County Sheriff's Office says this case should be made into a good lesson for parents and children. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has many resources parents can use to help talk with their children.