Staged Kidnapping Reveals How Bystanders React [VIDEO]

A recent social experiment about child abduction was staged and videotaped, yielding interesting—and sometimes disturbing—results. The experiment is meant to raise awareness about the important role the public can play in stopping child kidnappings, reported The Daily Mail UK.

According to Daily Mail, the experiment involved a frightened boy running up to (adult) strangers in the U.S. and telling them that a man is trying to kidnap him. The reactions of bystanders were filmed by hidden cameras.

The boy, a young actor named Nathan, would tell strangers that he was in the park with his mother when a man approached him and tried to put him in his car. Nathan told one couple that the man was chasing after him.

The abductor is played by the creator of The Kidnapping Children Experiment, Yousef Saleh Erakat, who would come over to Nathan as he was trying to get help and claim to be the boy’s father, telling the strangers that his son was lying and has often run off before.

The video footage shows some of the adults coming to Nathan’s defense, one man going so far as to push the “abductor” into a parked car, giving Nathan his cell phone, and telling him to call his mother. One woman physically shielded the boy when the man approached them and when the “abductor” pretended to become aggressive, she sprayed him with pepper spray and told Nathan to run. However, another adult responded by continuing to eat his ice cream and did not intervene at all. Another man believed Yousef was actually the boy’s father, shook his hand, and laughed as the two walked away together.

The video footage was uploaded to YouTube yesterday and the creator’s channel features popular parodies, comedy sketches, and thought-provoking videos—including The Bullying Experiment, which went viral last year, according to Daily Mail.

Yousef said he wants to make these types of films because, “Growing up my biggest fear was getting kidnapped… This video was a way for me to express that fear in an artistic way and also spread positive change as to why it is important to ACT when put into these types of situations.”

Watch the footage below:

Video source: fouseyTUBE via YouTube

What do you think about this social experiment? How would you have reacted if you were one of the bystanders approached by Nathan? Tell us in the comments!