Girl's false essay wins Hannah Montana tickets

  1. GARLAND, Texas (AP) -- An essay that won a 6-year-old girl four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert began with the powerful line: "My daddy died this year in Iraq."
    A false essay won a 6-year-old girl four tickets to a sold-out Hannah Montana concert.

    While gripping, it wasn't true -- and now the girl may lose her tickets after her mom acknowledged to contest organizers it was all a lie.

    The sponsor of the contest was Club Libby Lu, a Chicago-based store that sells clothes, accessories and games intended for young girls.

    The saga began Friday with company officials surprising the girl at a Club Libby Lu at a mall in suburban Garland, northeast of Dallas. The girl won a makeover that included a blonde Hannah Montana wig, as well as the grand prize: airfare for four to Albany, New York, and four tickets to the sold-out Hannah Montana concert on January 9.
    The mother had told company officials that the girl's father died April 17 in a roadside bombing in Iraq, company spokeswoman Robyn Caulfield said.

    "We did the essay and that's what we did to win," Priscilla Ceballos, the mother, said in an interview with Dallas TV station KDFW. "We did whatever we could do to win."
    She had identified the soldier as Sgt. Jonathon Menjivar, but the Department of Defense has no record of anyone with that name dying in Iraq. Caulfield said the mother has admitted to the deception.

    "We regret that the original intent of the contest, which was to make a little girl's holiday extra special, has not been realized in the way we anticipated," said Mary Drolet, the CEO of Club Libby Lu.
    Drolet said the company is reviewing the matter, and is considering taking away the girl's tickets


    What that little girl's mother did was wrong, and it was an insult to anyone who has lost a family member in Iraq.

    Still, I don't think the little girl should be punished for what her mother did.
  2. this has been on the news for a few days now until LL decided what to do about it.
    That Mom is sick:rolleyes:
  3. An essay competition of 6 year olds? Seriously!

    ...and the mother - what was she thinking?! It's not only disrespectful to the people who have family in Iraq, but what on earth does she thing she is teaching her daughter...
  4. I agree! What a psycho!!:cursing:
  5. How does a 6 year old write an essay? And that mother should be ashamed of herself. I feel sorry for the little kid.
  6. The mother wrote the essay, beginning with the sentence, "This year, my daddy died in Iraq."
  7. Right? "Cheating and lying to garner sympathy is okay if you'll end up getting what you really want."
  9. parents work with veterans...they and their families do not deserve this
  10. The latest is that they took the tickets away and awarded them to someone else.
  11. they are all crazy
    and seriously I am thinking back to when I was 6 years old.. what was I doing. I was probably in 1st or 2nd grade?? I do NOT think I knew how to write an essay...
  12. I don't think by taking away the little girl's tickets would be punishing her because she probably wouldn't have had them in the first place had they not lied. She already got the first portion of the prize which was the makeover, so she didn't completely walk away with nothing either. I think they really do need to confiscate those tickets because not only is it unfair to other children, but it's also setting a bad example for the girl. She will grow up thinking that cheating will get you places since she experienced that first-hand.
  13. Should have read through the thread first before I gave my 2 cents. But yeah, good for them.
  14. ITA!! And it's so insulting to people who have actually lost a loved one in any really trivializes it. That mother should be ashamed of herself.
  15. I don't know if anyone has said this but i feel sorry for the girl. the kids at school are going to tease her to death. say such mean things. you know they all knew she won. poor girl.