El Paso Times- UTEP police arrested a student on Monday in connection with an April Fools’ Day prank text-message claiming there was an emergency on campus, a university official said. The prank took place on April Fools’ Day and nearly a week after a bomb threat led to the evacuation of more than 15,000 students, faculty and staff from the University of Texas at El Paso. About 1 p.m. Monday, a student allegedly sent a text message made to look like a Miner Alert about a campus emergency to another student’s cellphone, a UTEP police log says. The student who received the message showed it to a teaching assistant, who thought the alert was real and notified police. A university official said police determined the text was a prank and found the student who allegedly sent the message at the Fox Fine Arts complex. A police report stated Elias Joseph Farran, 19, was arrested on suspicion of making a false alarm after he allegedly “admitted that it was an April Fool’s joke.”
I think it’s come to a point where we can all agree that April Fool’s is past its prime. It’s basically the Jay Leno of holidays. There might have been a time where it was the cutting edge of comedy and maybe every now and then there’s a joke or two that helps to justify its existence, but for the most part people only put up with it because that’s what we’ve always done. I want to place the blame on one person or another in this situation but I can’t. If you go to school somewhere that evacuated the campus over a bomb threat a week before and live in a country where all the crazy people have apparently convinced themselves there’s a cash reward for most outrageous public massacre it’s probably not the best idea to send a fake emergency text. But falling for something like this on April 1st is almost as bad KFC thinking the guy who played the lead Ewok in Star Wars was replacing Dinklage on Game of Thrones Next season. It’s been a good run, but I think it’s time for April Fools to hang up the cleats.