SPARTANBURG COUNTY, South Carolina (WYFF) – A 911 call reporting a shooting at South Carolina college brought out law enforcement in full force Tuesday morning.
The call shortly after 10 a.m. reported shots fired at Virginia College in Spartanburg.
The Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene with multiple patrol cars and deputies, and they quickly determined that the 911 call was an April Fool’s joke.
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said that 15 to 20 of his deputies had responded at “breakneck speed” because they were picturing something “like another Columbine.”
“There’s like 20 something cops all the sudden. We were just like, ‘Holy cow. What’s going on?’”‘ said Stacy Hirsch, who was in the grocery store parking lot next door. “They were just jumping right out of the cars and running straight in.
According to an incident report, Angela Timmons sent a text message to her daughter about hearing shots fired in the school.
When the daughter’s followup text didn’t get a response, she called 911 to report the shooting.
“She was calling to make sure that mama is not being slaughtered, pretty much,” said Wright. “If my mom called and said there’s a shooter inside the school that I’m at, I’d call 911.”
Timmons is facing four charges, disturbing school, aggravated breach of peace, and two counts of unlawful use of telephone.
“I’m not very happy about this. I don’t mind letting you know about it. I’m not happy at all. That is not a good April Fool’s joke,” Wright said. “We got deputies that drove very quickly to get over here, without regard for their own life. They go into that school expecting the worst. It just wasn’t funny.”