Balloon boy charges have been anticipated by Heene family hoax skeptics. Balloon boy charges will be filed. The balloon boy charges that will be filed stem from an incident that happened Thursday. 6 year old Falcon Heene was believed to be in his parents’ makeshift balloon when it was accidentally launched.
Local law enforcement and the military scrambled to track the UFO-like balloon as it traversed two counties in Colorado, causing flight diversions at the Denver Airport. When the balloon finally landed, “balloon boy” Falcon Heene was not inside the balloon. Many believed he was dead.
At this point, everyone was scared and felt sympathy towards Richard Heene and his wife. Everyone feared the worst, that the “balloon boy” fell out of the balloon and was killed.
Falcon Heene was hiding in the attic in his family’s garage. When asked by Wolf Blitzer on Larry King Live why he didn’t come out when he was called, Falcon turned to his parents and said “we did this for the show.”
“We did this for the show” is a powerful phrase that started the ball rolling in the current balloon boy charges. Because of the young boy’s statement and because the family is no stranger to appearing on television, a “Heene hoax” conspiracy theory was born.
I have to admit that the whole “balloon boy” incident is a little wacky. After all, Richard Heene and his wife should not have experimental balloons around their children if they could get inside them.
Many have applauded recent balloon boy charges. However, celebration may be limited, but only for a short time. According to the Associated Press, the balloon boy charges that are set to be filed are Class 3 misdemeanors – no more than a slap on the wrist. However, local authorities are speaking with federal authorities to see if federal charges exist for the situation.
If the balloon boy incident was a hoax, which with the advent of charges it appears as if authorities have reason to believe the situation was a hoax, the family should experience strong consequences. The entire country was scared for young Falcon Heene. We may have been made to look like fools by eccentric Richard Heene. The Class 3 misdemeanor balloon boy charges are hardly enough to show the family just how terrible their actions were.
The Heene parents didn’t teach their children any lessons with the balloon boy incident other than it is okay to lie in order to get attention. They made their children into liars, forcing them to answer questions about the incident. Poor Falcon was so scared to answer questions regarding why he didn’t come out of hiding, he physically got ill.
Balloon boy charges are not surprising to many. What is surprising is that initial balloon boy charges are not more serious.
Associated Press: “Sheriff: Charges will be filed in balloon saga” : http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/ap_on_re_us/us_boy_in_balloon