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Woman charged in Spartanburg after April Fool's school shooting prank

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An upstate woman landed in jail after an April Fool's prank went horribly wrong, Fox Carolina reported April 1.

On Tuesday morning, Lt Tony Ivey with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office received a call from a young woman who told them her mother had sent her a text message from the Virginia College Spartanburg campus, where the mother was employed in the financial aid department.

Angela Timmons, 54, of Spartanburg, sent a text saying she was hiding in a bathroom after hearing gunshots at the college. The daughter contacted 911 and Spartanburg County deputies after a call to her mom went unanswered. Police swarmed the college.

As officers were putting their lives at risk in a potentially deadly situation, Timmons' daughter called back saying her mother had told her it was an April Fool's prank.

Sheriff Chuck Wright was upset, and stated in a Fox Carolina interview

"Text someone and tell them their tire's flat, that's funny. We're talking about death. It's real. The people of Sandy Hook, when they see this online they're not going to think it's very funny. I don't think it's very funny."

Timmons was charged on four counts, including disturbing a school, aggravated breach of peace and two counts of unlawful use of a telephone.

Vice president of marketing, Diane Worthington, spoke with WYFF4 on behalf of Virginia College saying

“We apologize to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, first responders, students and staff. We take student safety very seriously, and we are cooperating with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.”

The judge set bond at $18,000 late Tuesday evening. Timmons' daughter refused to comment, only saying the situation was being blown out of hand by local media.

No information is available as to whether Timmons will lose her job over the prank.



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