Saturday, March 28, 2009

Say It Didn't Happen!

This week, I’ve been on a roll, sharing things that were put into print that really shouldn’t have been put into print!

Here’s another such story.

The parents of a British teen, who died suddenly two months ago, received a disturbing letter from the girl’s high school saying she needs to improve her attendance or can’t go to the prom, the Manchester Evening News reported.

The letter said Megan Gillan’s attendance was 60.4 percent and the school requires its students to keep a 92 percent attendance record.

“I screamed when I first saw it,” her mother Margaret Gillan told the newspaper. “If they want her to attend that much I’ll take Megan’s remains. It’s disgusting.”

Gillan was found dead January 19 in her bedroom at her parent’s home. The letter was dated March 16.

A school spokesman apologized and told the Manchester Evening News, “that letter should not have gone out,” and blamed it on a “software error.”

Again, do you think? The letter shouldn’t have gone out? Is that the best she could come up with? Well, no. She also blamed software error for the real problem!

Years ago, when I first learned how to use a computer, someone taught me the word: GIGO. Familiar with it? Garbage in. Garbage out.

The computer and software can only output the information that a HUMAN has entered!

1 comment:

  1. Relationships, even in the class room, are what makes even difficult things easier. If the teachers had been paying attention to who's in their classes, the school leadership would have known that the girl had died. And surely the girls friends would have known and would have said something if they had been asked.
    I supposed no one even inquired.
    Sad, for sure.


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