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April Fools‚?? Day can be a lot of fun ‚?? until someone crosses the line. / VPC

April Fools' Day can be a lot of fun - until someone crosses the line.

When everyone woke up yesterday, they expected some harmless pranks. But a few went too far.

An employee at Virginia College is facing charges after she sent a text message about a fake shooting to her daughter. The next text said the shooting wasn't real, but it was too late. The daughter had called 911 and police swarmed the school.

A virus masquerading as news was circulated on Facebook and Twitter claiming that the Malaysia Airlines jet had been found in the Bermuda Triangle. But once the viewer clicks the video, the scam begins prompting the user to share the video and turn over Facebook access.

And at 2:30 a.m. on April Fools' Day, more than 1,000 parents of high schoolers in Sydney, Australia, received an emergency text message informing them that the school was closed due to "malicious" damage by a fire.

Parents called the school in confusion and made arrangements to accommodate their kids. The school principal scrambled to contact families and tell them it was a false statement and the school was open as usual. Data security for the school's text-message system is under investigation.



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