After scouring northern Colorado by foot and air, frantically chasing a Mylar balloon for miles and repeatedly interviewing his big brother, authorities ended the search for 6-year-old Falcon Heene where it began -- at his house.Of course both CNN and the Heenes are denying that this was a planned publicity stunt in an attempt to secure a Television show for the family (America's Stupidest Nerds is a great title don't you think?). Or how much money, time and resources by law enforcement was spent on this stunt (money the Heenes should be compelled to repay to the counties involved).
He was in a box. In the attic. The whole time.
Richard Heene is a meteorologist and former television weatherman who has submitted to CNN iReports accounts of his sons helping him chase Hurricane Gustav, among other contributions.
"I played with my toys and took a nap," Falcon told a group of reporters outside his home Thursday afternoon.
"He says he was hiding in the attic," said Falcon's father, meteorologist Richard Heene, clutching his son. "He says it's because I yelled at him."
"I'm sorry I yelled at him," added Heene, tearfully hugging the boy.
In a later interview with CNN's "Larry King Live," Falcon said he heard his parents call for him from the garage.
When asked by his father on-air why he didn't respond, the boy replied, "You guys said we did this for the show."
When the father was pressed by Wolf Blitzer, who was filling in for King, to explain what his son meant, he became uncomfortable, finally saying he was "appalled" by the questions, and then adding that Falcon was likely referring to all the media coverage.
The story took a turn when ABC said that Falcon's parents, science enthusiasts Richard and Mayumi Heene, were featured on the 100th episode of ABC's prime-time program "Wife Swap" in March 2009.
According to the network's Web site, the Heene family "devote(s) their time to scientific experiments that include looking for extraterrestrials and building a research-gathering flying saucer to send into the eye of the storm."
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"Balloon Boy" Falcon Henne Admits: "We Did This For The Show"
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What angers me is that both the parents and the children have no shame for what they have done. They feel entitled to all the publicity, the TV Show they want, the free money, etc... But where is the moral code that should be instilled into a child? Where is the sense of obligation to speak the truth?
These "parents" are part of the "I'm entitled generation". Raised by parents and an educational system that stresses self-esteem over morality, indoctrination over knowledge, self over community.
And this is the results. Egotistical, Mendicants who believe that the world owes them and teaches this to their offspring.