04/09/2014 05:32 pm ET Updated Apr 09, 2014

Pranked Professor Stephen Barrows: Students Will Receive 'Benefits' For Creativity

Thinking of an epic April Fool's Day prank is no easy feat. Sure, the "I'm pregnant" gag has been around for a while, but one college student's execution left her professor totally stunned.

Aquinas College professor Stephen Barrows has one rule for his economics class: if your cell phone rings, you have to answer it on speaker phone. Usually students rush to turn off their phones. However, one student, Taylor Nefcy, saw a perfect opportunity for a prank. Nefcy briefly discussed a script with her friend Ian and arranged for him to call her during Barrows' class. When the scheduled phone call came, Barrows and the rest of the class egged her on to answer the call.

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

Barrows told HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps that when he first heard the word "pregnancy," he tried to intervene but was left stuttering.

"In fact, most of the people in the classroom were completely not in the know, and so that added to the suspense," Barrows said. "A lot of people were horrified just like I was. Just mortified, like 'Oh my goodness what’s happening?'"

As for the speakerphone rule, Barrows said it is no longer enforced.

"It has already been changed," Barrows said. "Their creativity was so excellent. There will be benefits for them."

Watch the full HuffPost Live interview to hear more about how this epic April Fool's Day prank went down.



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