Just for the record, I strongly disapprove of practical jokes that involve actual cruelty, especially if they involve cruelty to children. So I feel kind of guilty about posting this video, because by doing so I’m encouraging other people to do what I did — which was to laugh out loud (repeatedly) at what was undeniably a very cruel prank. But the kids’ reactions are so hilarious that I just couldn’t resist. I’m sure that once the parents dropped the deception they compensated the kids for their emotional anguish… at least I hope they did. If not, I’m sure the kids found some creative ways to get even with them.