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." Come on, man.
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.
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."
According to EAGnews, the school will determine this week if Eric will be reprimanded for his "joke." (But apparently not for thinking the staff meetings are boring...) "We're really committed to due process," Fall Riff told the Post. "Any outcome will be based on the facts."
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