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Elementary school student made up report of being approached by stranger, sheriff says

The student attends Challenger K-8 in Hernando County.
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SPRING HILL, Fla. — A Challenger K-8 student admitted to sheriff’s deputies he lied about being approached by a stranger on his way to school, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said.

Deputies spent part of Thursday morning canvasing the Sterling Hills neighborhood in Spring Hill, looking for the person after the student reported it.

Nienhuis said what likely happened is the student may have gotten into an altercation with another student.

The state attorney’s office will decide whether to press charges.

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