An elementary school in Corona, California sent waves of horror and panic through the hearts of the parents of 717 pupils who mistakenly received a text message informing them that their children were missing.
Minutes later, frantic parents showed up at the campus, and administrators at John Adams Elementary School embarked on their mission of damage control, informing concerned moms and dads that the mass text message was sent by an employee in error. It was intended only to be sent to a small, closed group of parents, according to the local Press Enterprise.
The school’s spokesperson, Evita Tapia-Gonzalez, reportedly chalked the incident up to “human error coupled with technology error,” and adding that the incident had prompted changes at John Adams.
“The school has developed a process that provides additional layers of review before messages are sent to parents,”Gonzalez wrote.