- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter pilot has been placed on administrative leave after a stunt during which a helicopter hovered low over a Prince William County high school football field in order to drop a homecoming invitation to a student.

The drop, reportedly of a stuffed bulldog with the invitation attached, was made at Patriot High School in Nokesville, Va.. on Sept. 12 during what would have been an otherwise a routine flight over the area.

“We are aware that a locally-based CBP helicopter was used improperly by local CBP personnel Sept. 12,” said Michael Friel, a spokesman for customs and Border Protection. “CBP management is looking into the matter and the pilot in command of the aircraft has been relieved and reassigned to administrative duties pending completion of the review of the incident.”

It was unclear whether anyone else from CBP was in the Huey helicopter at the time the item was dropped from the aircraft, but CBP officials said they believe the pilot took the action on his own. No one else has been reassigned as the agency investigation continues.

The Washington Post reported that the boy who arranged the over-the-top dance invitation is the son of a senior CBP officer.

• Andrea Noble can be reached at anoble@washingtontimes.com.

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