A little humor for the start of the year

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A little humor for the start of the year
Mon, 08-02-2004 - 9:54pm

This is the message that the Pacific Palisades High School


Staff voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering

machine. This came about because they implemented a policy requiring

students and parents to be responsible for their children's absences and

missing homework.

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


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


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 5

"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 8

"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


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!"

If you can read this thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English

thank a veteran.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Tue, 08-03-2004 - 11:26am

How true! I've seen seversal versions of this, but it always reminds me why we have so many problems to deal with