It's Not All Black and White

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Friday Funny

This is the message that the Pacific Palisades High School ( California ) staff voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine.This is the actual answering machine message for the school 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 complete enough schoolwork to pass their classes.

The outgoing message:

"Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting to the right staff member, please listen to all the 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 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!

*If you want this in Spanish, you must be in the wrong country.

17 comments:

Dawn Easton said...

ROFL! I need to take this to school with me today! The ladies in our school office will get a hoot out of it! Thanks for sharing!

Flossie's Follies said...

This is fantastic, love it.

Kathy said...

This is hilarious. I used to work at Pali High and am so gonna call the school to really hear this message :-)

My Paper World said...

So funny! Thanks for sharing!

Alli Miles said...

I have heard this before and have to say as a school teacher I can TOTALLY appreciate it!

Rose Ann said...

Another great one, Bethany! I'm loving these. ;)

travelingmama said...

Hahaha!!! Love it!

Vera Matson said...

Amen!

Love the Friday funnies!

lorrietori said...

That is too funny!

Theresa said...

That is awesome!!! Great friday or saturday laugh!!!

Mercy said...

this is yet another bladder panty moment! LOL!! what makes it even worse is that it is absolutely true!

you crack me up, crazy lady!

Kristine Reynolds said...

LOVE this!

Colleen said...

As a former teacher...I HAD to giggle at this...actualluy, it was more like snort and cackle!!! Thanks for sharing this one!

Janine said...

What a hoot !! So true too..

Janine
www.2bKrafty.blogspot.com

chelemom said...

Love this!!! so hilarious!!! I am a 5th grade teacher, and isn't this the truth?

Joan B said...

I cannot believe that they got away with this!!!! Wow.

Nendy said...

This is great! Even my daughter laughed!