This is the message that
the Pacific Palisades High School (California)Staff voted
unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine.
It came about because they implemented a policy requiring students
and parents to be responsible for their children's absences and
The school and teachers are being sued by parents who want their
children's failing grades changed to passing grades even though
those children were
absent 15-30 times during the semester and did not complete enough
school work to pass their classes.
This is the actual answering machine message for the school:
"Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of
your school. In order to assist you in connecting the right staff
member, please listen to all your options before making a selection:
"To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1
"To make excuses for why your child did not do his
work- Press 2
"To complain about what we do - Press 3
"To swear at staff members - Press 4
"To ask why you didn't get information that was already
enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to you - Press
"If you want us to raise your child - Press 6
"If you want to
reach out and touch, slap, or hit someone - Press 7
"To request another teacher for the third time this year- Press
"To complain about bus transportation - Press 9
"To complain about school lunches - Press 0
"If you realize this is the real world and your child must be
accountable and responsible for his/her own behavior, class work,
homework, and that it's not the teachers' fault for your child's
lack of effort: Hang up and have a nice day!"
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