US school accidentally lists sex hotline instead of number for mental health service

Students were trying to call a suicide prevention number but instead called a sex hotline.
Students were trying to call a suicide prevention number but instead called a sex hotline. Photo credit: Getty Images

A US mum says she's "flabbergasted" after learning the California school her daughter attends had the number for a sex hotline listed on the back of their ID badges.

Students from New Vista Middle School were trying to call a suicide prevention hotline but instead came across a "sexually explicit message," ABC7 reports.

Their ID badges have a number of different hotlines for emergency services listed on them, but a one-digit mistake meant the students were calling the sex line instead of the suicide prevention line.

Officials from the school were notified on Tuesday (local time) and the badges were collected, ABC7 reports.

"I was a little upset," parent Janene Lavelle said. "I think the [school] district should be responsible for whatever they put out," Lavelle told the ABC.

The school has since apologised for the blunder, according to NBC LA.

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