Teacher “Jokingly” Tells Wife To Call In Bomb Threat During Staff Meeting
Of the few things that you probably shouldn’t joke around about, telling someone to call in a bomb threat via text is pretty high up on the list. Apparently, one Harlem school teacher still thought it’d be a good idea.
A teacher at Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation in East Harlem, apparently bored out of his mind at a staff-wide “town hall” meeting last week, jokingly texted his wife, “Call in a bomb threat”—so she did, missing her husband’s second text with the most essential bit of info: “Haha.”
By the time the teacher’s wife realized he was just kidding, police were already on their way. She apparently attempted to call them off, but because police rightfully take all bomb threats seriously, they told her they had no choice but respond and descend on the school.
“It was meant to be a joke. It was misconstrued, and, boy, oh, boy, before we knew it, there were cops here,” the school’s executive director, Stephen Falla Riff, told the New York Post.
Riff told the Post that after police arrived and spoke with the teacher—so far only identified as Eric—for “some time” and learned it was all just a big misunderstanding, they were cool with it. “The NYPD was satisfied it was a joke,” Falla Riff said. “If they thought there was any doubt whatsoever, my guess is that he would be in cuffs right now.”
Bet somebody will be sleeping on the couch for a few days….