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Washington state parents receive prank text that daughter is dead during school shooting

Washington parents receive prank text that daughter is dead during school shooting (KXLY via CNN Newsource)

SPOKANE, Wash. (WKRC) - Concerned parents in Washington state rushed to their daughter's school last week when they heard of a shooting at Freeman High.

Steve Stuart drove while his wife frantically texted everyone they could think of to find out if their daughter was safe, KXLY reports.


At first, they had heard their daughter was okay, but then she received a text saying their daughter was not breathing and had died.

Once they arrived at the school, Steve asked the first paramedic he could find, "I immediately went to paramedics telling them my daughter is in respiratory distress. Have you received any information about this?"

First responders, police officers and school nurses all knew nothing about their daughter.

"I then went back up towards the high school to see if I could get some more information and as I glanced over to the football field, I saw her," Steve recalled.

Turns out, one of the friends they tried texting about their daughter had gotten a new number. The person who now has that number had played the cruelest prank imaginable to concerned parents.

"I don't know what type of thinking goes into a person who would do something like that," Steve said.

The Stuarts reported the incident to the local sheriff, but since being malicious is not against the law, the sheriff said nothing can be done.


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