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School Answering Machine Message

Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September and is a public holiday in the United States and Canada. In many other countries, however, today has an altogether unpleasant connotation: back to school. 😥

To cheer up any schoolgoers (and teachers) out there, here is the transcript of an automated message supposedly placed on the telephone answering system by the teachers at Palisades Charter High School back in 2002.

It all started when the teachers were prevented from failing students for chronic absenteeism, despite the school’s strict attendance policy. The putative answering machine message was a reaction to the fiasco, as well as a general expression of the frustration experienced by teachers when dealing with students and parents. This snopes.com article separates the facts of the story from urban legend.

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