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College Student Thinks He's Getting Arrested, Cop Hands Him Scholarship Paperwork Instead

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Pranks are all good fun and games, but what happens when law enforcement gets involved? Is the joke still funny, or is involving the police just plain mean?

From marriage proposals to scholarship announcements, it seems some people can’t get enough of fright turned to favor.

The videos of these scholarship pranks have gone viral. What begins as a serious moment, ends up being so much more.

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One young man from Texan Christian University wasn’t sure what to think when an officer walked into a classroom during a basketball team meeting.

The cop asks to speak with Owen Aschieris. He seems hesitant, as anyone would be, especially if they hadn’t committed a crime.

Once Aschieris takes a long hard look at the paper the officer holds, however, fear becomes relief as his teammates surround him with hugs and pats on the back.

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“This right here, plus a 31-point win over WVU made for a pretty great day for TCU Men’s Basketball!” the university wrote on Facebook.

The young man received a scholarship for his spring semester — a much better outcome than being expelled or arrested.

Another incident similar to this took place at the University of Michigan. And once again at the University of Houston, Inside Edition reports.

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With each instance, scholarships are awarded, but only after an officer steps in to strike fear into the hearts of the sports players.

“It freaked me out for a little bit,” Aschieris said in an interview. “I was racking my brain, trying to figure out … what I had done wrong.”

While this student and team player seems to be in good spirits regarding the prank, Charles Curtis of USA Today’s For the Win feels these pranks are no joke — quite the opposite, actually.

“Can you imagine Ashieris’s heart rate when he hears his name?” Curtis writes. “Even for the 10 seconds between that moment and the one when he realizes what’s going on, I don’t want to be that freaked-out student athlete.”

What do you think? Are the pranks made in good fun? Or could these universities find a better way to award scholarships in the future?

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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