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Classroom prank gets students ‘bonus points’

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (PIX11) — Students turned their teacher’s strict cellphone policy around on him in a now-viral April Fool’s joke that, the professor said, earned his pupils “bonus points.”

The caught-on-camera prank by students at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., was posted to YouTube on Saturday, and has garnered more than 3 million views.

The video starts with a message:

“Our professor has a policy that if your phone rings in class, you must answer it on speakerphone. We arranged to have a friend call on April Fools’ Day.”

When a student’s cellphone starts singing, she follows the rules and answers the call for everyone to hear.

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A macroeconomics professor at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., reacts to a student-pulled prank. The caught-on-camera April Fool’s joke went viral on YouTube. (Photo: Josh W via YouTube)

Then a man on the other end of the line says he’s with a pregnancy crisis center and the teacher urges the student to take the personal call out of the classroom. But she keeps talking to the phony counselor.

Holding papers over his chin, the professor responds: “I want to publicly apologize.”

Then the straight-faced student makes her big reveal.

Watch the professor’s priceless reaction, above.