Now, a 17-year-old from Frankfurton- Oder, in the east German state of Brandenburg, has been charged with faking a crime after asking his friend to beat him up. The "attack" happened on the last school day before the summer holidays.
Fearful of his parents' reaction, the boy gave his friend his mobile phone, MP3 player and end-of-year report.
Then he got his pal to hit him with a metal bar. When his soft-hearted friend failed to injure him, the boy cut himself with broken glass. A passer-by called the police, who took him to hospital before questioning. During the interview the boy finally admitted all.
Initiative and invention: A-plus.
Old-fashioned common sense: D.