College student pulls ultimate prank on strict professor

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By Matt Murray

This past April Fools' Day, a professor's strict no-phone policy set one student up to pull the ultimate prank in class, which was caught on video and is now going viral.

(Note: Stop reading here and watch the video if you want the surprise.) 

Professor Stephen Barrows, an economics professor at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., has a pretty straightforward policy when it comes to phones in class — if it rings, you have to answer the call on speaker phone.

The clip begins with Barrow telling student Taylor Nefcy to answer her ringing phone, reminding her, "You have to answer it!"

So she does, only to be greeted by an unexpected message:

"Hi, this is Kevin from the Pregnancy Resource Center. Per your request, I am calling to inform you that the test results have come back positive. Congratulations." 

Barrow's face begins to show his concern for Nefcy's embarrassment, and he quickly tells her to shut her phone off, but the message continues.

"There is no need to worry," says the caller. "I know you told us the father is no longer in the picture, but we will be in contact with you throughout this whole process, so don't worry about anything. We provide counseling and other maternity services at no charge."

As the call ends, Barrow states that he'd like to publicly apologize to his student.

"That's okay," Nefcy responds. "I've been expecting this and I already know what I'm going to name the baby. Her first name will be April and her middle name will be Fools," she says as the professor bursts into laughter (and relief).

"I will treasure that," Barrow said of the prank. "You can't understand the internal relief."