April Fool's Day is always good for a few laughs at the expense of the gullible. But there was nothing amusing about this story in Wednesday's Spartanburg Herald-Journal:

"The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a shooting in progress at Virginia College on Tuesday morning. The report, however, turned out to be fake, said sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Tony Ivey, adding that the scare was the result of an employee trying to pull an April Fool's prank."

According to the authorities, deputies rushed to the school only to find there had been no shooting. Instead, the cry for unneeded help had been triggered by a 54-year-old school employee's text message to her daughter, who doesn't live in that area, telling her she was hearing gunshots inside the college and was hiding in fear. The daughter, understandably distraught, called 911.

According to the sheriff's department, the mother admitted that her message to her daughter was sent in April Fool's jest.

That mother was arrested Tuesday and charged with breach of peace of an aggravated nature, disturbing schools and two counts of unlawful use of a telephone.

It could serve as an example of the hazards of texting while not driving.

So stay on April 1 guard against attempts to make a fool of you.

And while it can be fun - and funny - to pull a hoax on any day, prompting a false alarm can get you into serious trouble.

That's no joke.