April Fool joke sends SC woman to jail

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 12:53 PM
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A woman arrested after falsely reporting a shooting at a Spartanburg school on April Fools’ Day is facing more charges, according to authorities.

Angela Timmons, 54, has been charged with breach of peace, disturbing schools and illegal use of a telephone, according to a release from Sheriff’s Lt. Tony Ivey.

Sheriff Chuck Wright said that more than a dozen deputies responded Tuesday morning to the Virginia College campus in Spartanburg. A woman had called 911, saying she got a text from her mother reporting that shots had been fired at the campus and that she was hiding, the sheriff said.

“I’m thinking Columbine High School, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech,” Wright said, of what he prepared to see.

Instead, as deputies arrived, the daughter called back after getting another message from her mother, who said the initial text had been an April Fools’ prank, Ivey said. Deputies located Timmons, who works at Virginia College and admitted sending the message.

Timmons was released on bond Tuesday, and court records listed no attorney for her. After leaving jail, Timmons said she and her daughter typically exchange April Fools’ Day pranks but that she chose the wrong prank this year.

“Obviously, this was a terrible misunderstanding. I obviously chose a bad prank that my daughters and I always do,” Timmons said. “On April Fools’ each year we try to out prank each other and I obviously chose, thinking now with recent events, a bad one.”

Wright said he was thankful it was a joke but was very disappointed at the woman’s bad choice. He said no one would think it was a funny joke.

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Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 04/02/14 - 12:35 pm
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Yeesh

That's not cool...

Farmboy
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Farmboy 04/02/14 - 12:42 pm
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Common Sense

It's not so common anymore.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/02/14 - 01:42 pm
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You would think an adult that

You would think an adult that age would have better sense.

This is her idea of humor?

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 04/02/14 - 03:22 pm
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How old is the mother? 12?!

How old is the mother? 12?!

restguy
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restguy 04/02/14 - 03:42 pm
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Ignorant rednecks

....pitiful

belle
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belle 04/02/14 - 04:24 pm
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We've all been stupid
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Let's face it, we have. This crosses the line though because it (1) put others at risk (2) was incredibly thoughtless and without regard to how her children would feel thinking their mother's life might end any second. You would think that someone who WORKS IN A SCHOOL would have been trained enough on these matters to know the seriousness of this prank. So this qualifies as mean and Super Stupid.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 04/02/14 - 04:49 pm
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Racial
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profiling.

fedex227
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fedex227 04/02/14 - 07:36 pm
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Worst April fools' prank ...
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ever.

thauch12
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thauch12 04/02/14 - 11:37 pm
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Sad

Terrible joke...especially considering the lady is 54.

BUT, it's interesting that she is being charged with "disturbing schools." It's a sad day when Virginia College (sic) is considered a true place of higher education and learning. Charging her with this particular crime almost legitimizes these pathetic for-profit diploma mills that offer worthless degrees and no respectable knowledge (if it were, then I'd expect the credits to transfer to other schools but that is clearly not the case) to unsuspecting people.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 04/03/14 - 06:44 am
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Common sense is so rare these
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Common sense is so rare these days that it could be considered a super power.

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