Forwarded by GaryVee

Web sites that debunk myths and rumors say that, while the dispute between the school and the parents was legitimate, no such message as the one below actually appeared on the answering machine. Evidently it was crafted by somebody close to the dispute and it found its way onto the Internet.

It is too bad that few, if any, school officials have the guts to set up an official answering message in this form. The sentiments expressed certainly have the ring of truth about today’s permissive parental society.

The story goes that the staff at Pacific Palisades High School in California, fed up with parental unhappiness with the school's crackdown on chronic absenteeism, retaliated by drafting the following message for the school's answering machine:

“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.

“But, if you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behavior, class work, and homework, and that it's not the teacher's fault for your child's lack of effort, hang up and have a nice day.”

Editor's Note: Too bad it wasn’t real!