This is basically how the media treated the story, from NBC News:
Here's a montage produced by Tom Elliott at Grabien:
A 12-year-old black student at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia, admitted yesterday that she lied when she claimed three white students had held her down and forcibly cut her dreadlocks.
Her parents put out a statement saying “to those young boys and their parents, we sincerely apologize for the pain and anxiety these allegations have caused. To the administrators and families of Immanuel Christian School, we are sorry for the damage this incident has done to trust within the school family and the undue scorn it has brought to the school.To the broader community, who rallied in such passionate support for our daughter, we apologize for betraying your trust. We understand there will be consequences, and we’re prepared to take responsibility for them. We know that it will take time to heal, and we hope and pray that the boys, their families, the school and the broader community will be able to forgive us in time.”
“Here is a spoiler: The reporters who tried to slime Pence with Allen's allegation will not think about how they “can do better next time.” There will not be an end to this sort of sloppy and irresponsible reporting. The dirty not-so-secret is that a significant number of reporters see themselves more as being in the business of “resisting” the Trump White House than keeping the public informed.
There is a reason why this Allen episode feels so familiar. We have been down this road many, many times since Trump was inaugurated in 2017.
In February 2017, for example, newsrooms were eager to condemn the Trump White House after a Detroit man claimed his ailing mother died in Iraq because of the president’s executive order banning travel from several countries that are predominantly Muslim. It was all a lie. Later, in January 2018, newsrooms accused Vice President Mike Pence of segregating men and women at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. He was responsible for no such thing. Then there is the media's promotion of the Covington Catholic hoax. That one was particularly egregious.
This keeps happening. Newsrooms keep embracing dubious allegations of harmful, bigoted behavior because too many reporters are not operating as reporters. They are operating instead as political activists. They've already drawn their conclusions about the Trump White House. Their goal now is to find supporting evidence, and things such as Allen's since-recanted story are the perfect match.