Teen admits faking as leukemia victim on medical Web site

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- A Hawkins County teenager has confessed to posing as a leukemia patient and making false entries on a medical Web site for critically ill patients.

Sullivan South High School resource officer Jeff McKittrick says the teen's parents contacted him early Thursday and reported the incident.

McKittrick says the daughter told her parents she launched the hoax as a way to get attention, but it did not appear that she was seeking any money.

The teen claimed to be a 14-year-old student named Hannah Paige Smith, but her real name has not been released.

Officials say she used the Caring Bridge Web site as the platform for her entries as a gymnast going through chemotherapy treatments at Vanderbilt University's children's hospital.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating and has not decided if charges will be filed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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