Our View: Unwelcome pranks

Saturday was April Fools’ Day, an informal holiday filled with pranks, lies, and jokes. Many people enjoy the day and its custom of pranking other people as a time for harmless fun. The key, however, is in the word “harmless.”

While it almost certainly wasn’t connected to the tradition of April Fools’ and instead is part of an ongoing, nation-wide problem, the swatting hoax Wyoming schools faced this week shows the dark side of harmful pranks.

When false report of school shooters at high schools came in Monday morning, Wyoming residents went through about half an hour of fear. Parents heard ru...


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