April Fools’ text reports shooting at SC college, charges follow
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Police responded to Virginia College Tuesday morning after a 911 call about a shooting on campus that turned out to stem from an April Fools’ Day prank.
According to WYFF, a call regarding shots fired at the college came in around 10 a.m.
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright told WYFF that 15 to 20 deputies responded at “breakneck speed” because they were picturing something “like another Columbine.”
Once on scene, police quickly determined there was no shooter.
According to an incident report, Angela Timmons, an employee at the school, sent a text message to her daughter about hearing shots fired in the school as an April Fool’s prank.
When the daughter’s followup text didn’t get a response, she called 911 to report the shooting.
Timmons is facing charges of disturbing school, aggravated breach of peace and two counts of unlawful use of telephone. Her daughter will not be charged for making the call, as she did not realize it was a prank.
A spokesperson for Virginia College said they were “very, very disappointed regarding the poor judgment displayed” by one of their employees.
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