As if we needed more campus panic over people with guns. It’s good that this kid was arrested as a warning to others not to do this.

The Gazette reports:

University of Iowa student arrested after false active-shooter report

Over the weekend the University of Iowa police arrested an 18-year-old student after officials said he admitted to sending a “prank” text message about an active shooter in Burge Residence Hall, prompting authorities to respond in emergency fashion and evacuate the dorm.

Harrison E. Tsimouris was arrested at 7:46 p.m. Saturday — just hours after police say he sent a text message to a friend indicating an active shooter was in Burge and asking the friend to call police. According to officials, Tsimouris sent the text after 5 p.m., and the friend contacted UI police at 5:08 p.m.

The message also spread on Twitter, and UI police responded, arriving at the residence hall at 5:10 p.m., while students were in the process of evacuating. At 5:16 p.m., the student who first notified police called back to say his friend had reached out and said he was “just joking.”

Authorities, at that time, were evacuating the hall with guns drawn — some students reporting being told to hurry and to keep their hands out of their pockets. However, because officers said they quickly determined the threat wasn’t credible, they didn’t send out a Hawk Alert, UI spokeswoman Jeneane Beck said.