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Pa. church conducts mock kidnapping on youth group

Pa. church subjects youth group to mock kidnap, interrogation; outraged mom files complaint By The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) ' A central Pennsylvania church has subjected members of a youth group to a mock kidnapping and interrogations without telling them it was staged. The mother of one 14-year-old girl has filed a complaint with police.

The pastor of the Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Middletown says the church is "so saddened" the girl was traumatized on Wednesday. Pastor John Lanza said Friday there have been emails of support from other students because the intent of the raid was to prepare them for what they might encounter as missionaries overseas. He says the mock kidnappers included an off-duty police officer and a retired Army captain.

The mock kidnappers covered the students' heads, put them in a van and questioned them.

Police are investigating and have declined to comment.

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