Two students in high school decided to play a prank on fellow students, but it backfired on them, and resulted in them being arrested and charged.
Shannon Marie Farrell,18, and Lekia Hall, also 18, hid a load of alarm clocks in empty lockers, with the alarms all set to different times as part of their ‘senior prank’.
The thing is, people heard the clocks ticking, and noticed that the lockers zip ties had been swapped for proper locks, and got suspicious. Police were called, and emergency services swarmed the school building, with all 1500 students being evacuated.
The guilty pair were quickly identified as they had sent out an email about their prank a few days earlier, and they were taken in for questioning, and charged with ‘perpetrating a hoax by use of false bomb or other device in a public building’.
The Statesville Record & Landmark reported:
Dan Farrell, speaking near the school, said he received a call from his younger daughter Tuesday morning. He said she told him her sister was being questioned and the school had been evacuated.
He said he heard about the plans to bring alarm clocks to school several days ago. “I thought it was a pretty funny thing,” Farrell said.
Police Chief Matthew Selves didn’t find it funny, though:
Selves said a lot of resources were tied up for about two hours until a bomb-sniffing dog made a sweep through the school and word of the planned prank began to make its way to investigators.
He said the whole situation could have been avoided if any of those who knew of the planned prank had alerted an official ahead of time.
If convicted, the pair could face up to 25 months in prison. Which would definitely NOT be funny.