[Elfsea] OT - teacher humour

Wilkerson, Glen D glen.d.wilkerson at lmco.com
Tue Nov 22 11:34:50 PST 2005

Nicely done.  The last time I had to dig up Snopes was when photos of a
"24 foot crocodile shot and killed swimming in a flooded New Orleans
street" started making the rounds after Hurricane Katrina. 


From: elfsea-bounces+glen.d.wilkerson=lmco.com at ansteorra.org
[mailto:elfsea-bounces+glen.d.wilkerson=lmco.com at ansteorra.org] On
Behalf Of Greg Shetler
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 1:15 PM
To: 'Barony of Elfsea'
Subject: RE: [Elfsea] OT - teacher humour

Sorry, false urban legend per snopes.com:


I first saw this one about two years ago.  Here is an excerpt of the
text at snopes:


"The putative answering machine message for Palisades Charter High
quoted above was concocted in part as a reaction to the brouhaha over
the school's attendance policy, and in part as a sardonic expression of
all the usual frustrations teachers experience in dealing with students
and parents: fabricated excuses for students' absences and uncompleted
homework, blame that teachers are solely responsible for the failures of
non-achieving students, complaints from parents about not having
received information already sent to them several times, etc. However,
the staff "voted" for the message only in the sense that they agreed
with its sentiments (the circulating version of this piece often omits
the introductory line "Too bad they can't actually use it . . ."); it
was not ever actually placed on the phone answering system at Palisades
Charter High. (In fact, Palisades Charter High phone system doesn't have
menu options -- when the office is open a switchboard operator fields
calls, and when the office is closed a recording invites the caller to
leave a voicemail message or press keys to access a specific extension
directly.) "


"Last updated:   26 December 2002"



From: elfsea-bounces+frayduck=comcast.net at ansteorra.org
[mailto:elfsea-bounces+frayduck=comcast.net at ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of
pcrandal at sbcglobal.net
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 11:12
To: elfsea at ansteorra.org
Subject: [Elfsea] OT - teacher humour


(This is hilarious, no wonder some people
were offended!) This is the message that the Pacific
Palisades High School (California) 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 complete enough school work to pass their

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

"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 can read this thank a teacher.

If you are reading it in English thank a

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