A family in Nanjing, China, was left embarrassed and apologetic after their 15-year-old son was found to have defaced an ancient Egyptian relic with the phrase "Ding Jinhao was here."
It sparked significant outrage, which led to a massive "human flesh search" for the boy's identity.
He was eventually tracked down to a middle school in the Jiangsu Province capital, and reporters soon arrived in droves to interview the boy's family.
In a statement published by China Daily, Ding's parents said they wished to apologize to the Egyptian people on their son's behalf, as well as "to people who have paid attention to this case across China."
Many aren't quite ready to forgive, but at least one person, a Tourism Management professor at Fudan University, is sticking up for the parents.
"It's not only the boy, there are other tourists that leave graffiti on relics," Gu Xiaoming is quoted as saying.
[photo via Weibo]