By Shawn Rice
Santa Claus was not arrested for beating up a child molester. Rather, it is a fake story that is being circulated around social med that a mall Santa beat up a pedophile after a child confided that her stepfather was molesting her. The story originated from a hoax news web site that Santa did what many would want to do about beating up a child molester following a confession that he was touching a young girl.
The disturbing story was published on the entertainment web site Thug Life Videos in a fake news article which reported that a mall Santa in Wisconsin had beaten up a child molester. You can read text from the hoax below.
“Kid Tells Mall Santa A Secret; Seconds Later Him And His Elves Are Beating Up Child MolesterGreendale, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As busy shoppers rush around buying Christmas gifts for their loved ones inside the giant Southridge Mall, a group of men are being arrested by mall security and local police for affray.
But this was no normal scuffle between gangs or a skirmish over the last iPads in stock before the big day. The fight involved SANTA CLAUS and his elves. Well, a mall Santa and his dwarf colleagues, at any rate. They weren’t fighting among themselves, though. They were beating the cr*p out of a CHILD MOLESTER.
66 year-old Nicholas Cooper was taken into custody for assaulting Kris Kane, 38, after an unnamed young girl confided in him. She said that she ‘wanted to tell Santa a secret’ and that ‘all she wanted was for her stepdad to stop touching her at night’.”
According to Snopes, Thug Life Videos is a web site that publishes a mixture of viral content and fake news pieces. In this case, the fake news site was looking to take a disturbing crime and mix it into a holiday themed story. While this particular piece of holiday fiction was not labeled as a hoax or as satire, it was not a genuine news item.
Here are examples of people sharing the fake story on social media.
Santa arrested for beating up child molester https://t.co/Oi2J4VDi45 awesome read
— mrc005 (@marty_carroll01) December 18, 2016
Kid Tells Mall Santa A Secret; Seconds Later Him And His Elves Are Beating Up Child Molester https://t.co/dsmVlH857M GIVE THIS MAN AN AWARD!
— Deplorable EW (@EmersonWilliam8) December 17, 2016
— Daily Inspiring (@DRL_Inspiring) December 16, 2016
Kid Tells Mall Santa A Secret; Seconds Later Him And His Elves Are Beating Up Child Molester https://t.co/34dAsLHpkU
— Maria Antonia (@nenufarht) December 15, 2016
As reported by Snopes, there is no record of this incident taking place that was published anywhere but viral and hoax news web site. Also, the pictures that were used in the fake story were stolen from previous incidents. The pictures Go to the full article.