Last week, a several middle schoolers in California claiming to be “bored” decided to call the suicide prevention hotline on the back of their ID cards. Unbeknownst to them, the number actually led to a sex hotline. After the child’s mother was made aware of the number, she thought about reporting it to the school, but the school was closed at the time.
Since the school was closed, the mother decided to share the information using Facebook instead. She snapped a photo of the back of the ID and posted it on the social media website where the post went viral. Facebook took the post down stating that it goes against community policies due to “adult sexual solicitation.”
The school issued a statement apologizing for the mistake pointing out that two of the numbers got transposed. The school is now working to correct the issue by taking back all student IDs and printing new ones. Until this is completed, the owner of the sex hotline gratiously offered to forward all calls to that number to the suicide prevention hotline.
For everyone’s awareness, one can call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at any time; these phone calls are completely confidential. If you need help, don’t be afraid to reach out. If you’re just looking for a good time, simply transpose some combination of two numbers and maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised.