A 12-year-old boy who was found unconscious on Saturday in a Rehovot school and claimed he was beaten changed his tune on Wednesday and admitted he had actually collapsed after drinking alcohol.
According to the boy's original story, two boys from school beat him senseless after he refused to steal cigarettes for them.
However, the boy now said he had actually drunk an alcoholic beverage and gone to meet the two boys in the school courtyard, but then felt ill and fainted. The boys then kicked him and poured water on him to revive him, he said, and then covered him with a blanket.
The two suspects remained under house arrest while police continued to investigate the circumstances of the incident.