Victims can get hurt
A practical joke can end up being hurtful. A wide example of this happened in 1987, when three Massachusetts students decided to play a prank on their teacher and sprayed her in the face with a caustic silver nitrate solution. The teacher suffered burns to her face, arms and neck, with her skin getting discoloured temporarily. The teens were jailed 15 days and given two years of probation for the prank. Apart from getting hurt, victims of an April Fools’ joke might get embarrassed, humiliated or feel bullied. Others also develop problems like anxiety and depression.