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Police: South Carolina woman reported school shooting as April Fool's Day prank

Associated Press Updated: April 1, 2014 at 5:10 pm

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A woman has been arrested after falsely reporting a shooting at a Spartanburg school on April Fools' Day.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright says more than a dozen of his deputies responded to Virginia College on Tuesday morning. Wright says a woman had called 911, saying she got a text from her mother who reported that shots had been fired at the campus and that she was hiding.

When the mother didn't respond to another message, Wright says the daughter called 911.

Deputies arrived and found no shooting in progress. Wright says 54-year-old Angela Timmons admitted that she had mentioned the shooting as a prank.

Timmons is a Virginia College employee. She was jailed Tuesday on a charge of disturbing schools, and online records listed no attorney for her.

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