Trying to "lighten things up"
    Funny Gal

    I hate to interrupt a perfectly useless fight...Yes, I
    agree that a mental health professional should be sought
    for the angry poster who enjoys picking a fight and
    spewing hateful, disgusting garbage all over this board in
    the hopes of "being right" and "winning the argument"...

    Anyways, I know that this IS NOT true (you can check, but it sure is funny....ENJOY!

    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'sfailing grades changed to passing grades -
    even though those children were absent 15-30 times during
    the semester and did not complete enoughschool work to
    pass their classes.

    The outgoing message:


    You have reached the automated answering service of your

    In order to assist you in connecting to the right staff
    member, please listen to all the options before making a

    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

    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

    Hang up and have a nice day!

    If you want this in Spanish, move to a country that speaks