JMU Prank

David Miller -- November 15th, 2007


At approximately 2:15 pm today a student-aged male was present in a classroom, wearing camouflage and a toboggan. The individual presented a toy (Nerf) dart launcher. which was immediately recognized as a toy by the faculty member due to the orange and yellow color. The individual hit a student with three sponge (Nerf) darts. The suspect immediately ran out of the classroom. The faculty member followed the suspect into the hallway but could not identify the direction of travel. At 3:35 pm the faculty member reported the incident to JMU Police.

The JMU Police immediately followed-up on this incident. Shortly thereafter, JMU Police learned that the suspect was known to the victim. THIS INCIDENT IS BEING CONSIDERED A PRANK. The clothes and toy (Nerf) dart launcher have been recovered and a full account of the incident has been provided by the suspect. No charges have been filed at this time.

Sad when you can’t even prank a friend with a nerf gun. Perhaps this guy should have thought his prank through.

13 Responses to “JMU Prank”

  1. I don’t think anyone is going to have a sense of humor about this kind of thing anymore. So sad, but true.
    But please tell me why the prof would have reported it? And why would JMU police even give it a second thought?

  2. Emmy says:

    Its unfortunate that you can’t prank a friend. However, I think the timing and nature of the prank is a bit off. As for the report and the police follow up, I would assume that because of the nature of the prank it was part of procedure. It was clearly a prank, but if the “victim” hadn’t known the prankster and something else had happened down the line, the prof’s butt would be on the line for not reporting it.

  3. Agreed Emmy, I hadn’t thought of it that way. Why would I? It was a prank with a nurf gun. I guess “gun” being the keyword.

  4. David Miller says:

    I think it’s a pretty fun joke to play on someone. Luckily none of the students in the class were “packing”. Otherwise they might have judged the situation to have require deadly force.

  5. David Miller says:

    Emmy, good points about the reasons for reporting it. I’m just glad that the police aren’t pressing charges.

  6. Emmy says:

    Me too David. Sounds like all was handled well.

  7. JGFitzgerald says:

    College is supposed to be about education. So this is a good thing. This particular jackass is being educated to the fact that you can’t dress like a mass murdering nut-case, disrupt a class, and fire any kind of projectile-throwing device, and that such behavior is especially egregiously stupid seven months after the horror in Blacksburg. What kind of fool could possibly think this was funny?

  8. Justin C says:

    Seems like bad taste to me. I’m all about pranks, but what is the point of pranking such a sensitive matter when there are so many wonderful pranks to pull?

    It shouldn’t be a big deal given the fact that is was a nerf gun, but I think the pranker could have been more creative.

    For all other prankers out there, if you want to have fun while staying off topics that might harm other people get some ideas from this site:

  9. Justin says:

    Pranks are funny. Especially if they are posted on the internet later.

  10. David Miller says:

    The first prank on their list was this one
    “Arm yourself with a camera with a flash and a cap gun. At 2 a.m., knock at the people’s doors and as soon as they open the door, take a picture with one hand and shoot the cap gun pointing to them and run away. They will think for a moment that they have been shot at. ”
    Seems that many people are of like mind (fools Joe ;)

  11. Matt Cuba says:

    Nothing about this seems to resonate “prank” with me. Who got a laugh out of this? The student who was hit by his friend things “Wow, good one, got me while I was in class?” or the guy doing the shooting who obviously had nothing else to do on a Thursday afternoon and was leaning towards a run-by as good entertainment.

    Really, if he wanted to get his friend with a little embarrassment, it would have been a much better idea to slip a few pages from a porn magazine between the pages of the friend’s book or notebook.

    At least then the kid in class would have some explaining to do and the police could avoid writing reports that have them listing a Nerf gun as the perpetrators weapon of choice.

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