The Daily Mirror ran this story today. Rather than critique it, we did a simple thing. We changed the gender of those mentioned in the story. If you think the following article is utterly absurd and bizarre, then why accept the original as fit for print?


Police find two school boys at bus stand at midnight

FRIDAY, 07 MARCH 2014 03:29

Two boys studying at two reputed boy’s schools in Colombo were found by the Maharagama police at a bus stand at around midnight on Wednesday. Police say they were wearing shorts and T-shirts and appeared to be under the influence of liquor.

Police sources said that they had attended the birthday party and afterwards gone to the bus stand to board a bus to return home. The police had spotted them and taken them to the police station in order to protect them from rapists who, police said, were in the vicinity.

On being questioned they had told the police that they had attended a friend’s birthday party held at a hotel in Maharagama. One student had sat for his O/L examination last year and the other was preparing to sit for the A/Ls next year.

Police said that the father of one student was a senior officer in the army and that he was not cared for by his mother; the father of the other one was dead, and his mother was an invalid.

Investigations are continuing at the direction of the OIC of the Maharagama police, inspector Senarath Diyakelinawala. (Bimal Shyaman Jayasinghe)


A screenshot of the original story appearing on the Daily Mirror website can be seen below.

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