Yesterday, The Daily Mail reported that a University of Queensland student was "on the run" from his parents because he feared he would be beaten and starved after he scored only 98% on an exam.
The story came from a post in the University of Queensland "Stalkerspace" Facebook group by a student named Charles Wong. In his post, Wong confessed that while his tutor was proud of him for his results in a test, he knew his parents wouldn't be.
"Last time this happened I had to wait three months before they forgot about it," he wrote.
The post was a joke, written "for fun" with the aim to "entertain others as well", Charles Wong (not his real name) told BuzzFeed News.
Wong's Facebook profile picture is actually a photo of one of the members of Japanese band Androp, and his profile is littered with crudely Photoshopped images of himself in bizarre situations. It's all a bit of fun, really.
Wong went along with the joke when he was approached by journalists, telling them "When I was younger my mother smacked me if I didn't get A+. Last time I got under 100 they told me 'you are useless'."
His original post in the UQ StalkerSpace Facebook group now has more than 2,000 likes, and The Daily Mail's story has been picked up by satirical news site The Bokchoy, which re-published it almost verbatim.
Wong told BuzzFeed News he has not been contacted by The Daily Mail since the article was published.
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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