By T P Clements
"This morning America has joined a global confederation of countries, the only membership requirement, the mysterious disappearance of 10s, 100s, and in some extreme cases, 1000s of its teenage boys and girls.
Good Morning everyone, I'm Katie Kassall, reporting to you for CTRN, live from our studios in Burbank, California.
In what at this early stage is hoped to be the most elaborate prank ever played, tens of thousands of teenagers around the globe, hundreds so far in the US alone, have been reported missing. Police got the first calls around 7 O'clock this morning from frantic parents awakening to the stark reality that their teenage sons and daughters hadn't slept in their beds that night, or shown any evidence of returning home from previous evening's activities. Police were initially cautious in their response, as this is not unusual behaviour for teenagers, especially older ones nearing the end of a school year. As the morning wore on however, and calls began to come in from states all over the lower part of the country, including much of the coast of California, alarm bells started to go off. At this stage authorities are urging parents to stay calm, suggesting that the scale of the phenomenon may very well indicate an elaborate hoax, set up on social networks perhaps in protest about something, or simply be a misguided prank. Cold comfort for parents around the world for whom every second of every minute hence has become a living hell, back to you Phil and Leslie in the studio for more on this story."
"Thanks Katie, we'll be talking to you later, hopefully with some good news."
"Staying of course with this bizarre and very unsettling story, we have with us in the studio, Dr Lazarus Sum, Harvard Professor and arguably one of the world's most respected psychologists."
"Dr Sum, good morning,"
"Turn it off Vince!"