School accidentally tells parents 717 students are absent


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CORONA, Calif. — Parents in California became frantic after receiving a text message from an elementary school that 717 students were absent, according to the Press Enterprise.

But it was all a mistake.

The mass text that was meant for a select group, was erroneous and accidental. The students at John Adams Elementary School in Corona were still in class.

Evita Tapia-Gonzalez, spokeswoman for the Corona-Norco Unified School District, says the message was an “inadvertent error” on the part of a school employee operating a broadcast messaging system.

“There is an option to send messages to a filtered group,”Tapia-Gonzalez said. “This one was sent to all parents.”

Before such messages are distributed, the software prompts you to reread and review what was sent and to whom.

“It was human error coupled with technology error,” Tapia-Gonzalez said.

The school moved quickly to reassure frantic parents, many of whom showed up on campus.

Source: The Press Enterprise

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