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Teen Hero on "Today" Made it All Up

9/28/2006 8:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

BAILEY, Colo. (AP) -- A teen lied on national television about trying to stay with six girls taken hostage in a high school classroom because he "wanted so much to help them," his mother said Thursday.

Duane Morrison, 53, took the girls hostage at Platte Canyon High School on Wednesday, sexually assaulted some of them and killed one before committing suicide, authorities said.

Cassidy Grigg, 16, had told NBC's "Today" show that he was in a classroom when the gunman tapped him on the shoulder and told him to leave. His father, Tom, gave a similar account of his son's story to The Associated Press.

The teen said on ABC's "Good Morning America" that he told the gunman he wanted to stay and that "he told me that if I didn't go then he would pretty much kill me."

Larina Grigg said her son told her he had made up the story." He said, 'Mom, all those kids were my friends and I just wanted so much to help them. ... I guess I just made it up in my mind. I just wanted it to be true so bad,"' Larina Grigg said. She did not say whether her son had witnessed anything at the school or had heard details elsewhere.

Larina Grigg said her son had never lied to his parents before and called it "a blow." "This is a 16-year-old young man, and I'm telling you, it's taken some real guts to do this. He wants to make this right. This is his call," she said.

"He wants to tell everybody he's sorry, he made a mistake," she said.

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Lisa D    

Poor kid, thought was really brave of him to stick it out,,but to lie about his heroism on national television,,,,his girlfriend will be really mad now,,,or he is gonna have alot of girlfriends after this,,at least he survived this tragic situatiuon and will pray for the parents of the others.

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p1tey1    

Little LIAR!

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Zoe    

I saw the today interview. I don't know what it was about the interview, but I had a feeling that Cassidy was holding something back. It may be his way of dealing with the horrific experience.

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They about to get paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

hate to be him when school goes back in,maybe he will be in the year book as the biggest lier,or most least likely to be a loser

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Heather    

I think that takes guts to come out. It would be one thing just to let everyone go on thinking he was a hero. He could have just left it at that, but he didn't.

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gallant patsy    

I think we all must keep these young people in our thoughts and prayers, and that we give them space and peace and support right now. as in montreal. an unparalled violation on youth.

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Teresa    

What he did was wrong but at least he acknowledges his mistake and was man enough to come forward to say that he had lied. Instead of condemning him and calling him a liar as adults we should stand back and say what you did was wrong but what you did to correct your actions speak a lot about you and makes you a better person. I think it took a lot for this sixteen year old boy who knows what he did was wrong to take responsibility for his actions and come forward with the truth.

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Elise    

Poor Kid, At least he's ok. To bad he lied though, he probably didn't mean it. Maybe it was his own way of coping with this situation.

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alissa    

this boy and many others, especially the girls that horrible man had taken hostage will be traumatized for some time to come. i dont blame him at all for making up a story, he probably feels and did feel helpless at the time. the way he killed that young girl was very cowardly!

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moretocome    

Wow, he seems really comfortable telling those lies, strange. I can't really see why he would lie in the first place when such a serious thing had just happened, but like every one is saying at least he's admitting he lied. If I was his parents I’d move him to another school far, far away. In the High School I went to this guy would be toast.

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moretocome    

"hay guyz" are you retarded?

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kwame tore    

when i first read about his comments i knew the kid was lying. come on, what person in their right mind would tell a gunman, "No, I want to stay." Especially a teenager. Some stuff just doesn't pass the laugh test.

But kudos to the kid for coming out and admitting that he lied.

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dee    

He probably felt guilty that he couldn't do anything, even though there was no need to feel guilty. The lie was probably what he had wished he had done. Cut the kid some slack. Who knows how anyone will act in such a horrible situation. I bet very few of us would act the way we think we would.

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homegirl101    

Geez......give the poor kid a break...may be in a little
shock...horrific experience....he told the truth in the end....which
was harder to do than telling the lie............terrible thing to
happen.........

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