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Sex: The cure for suicide?

Viper1j

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Maybe??


Students called a suicide hotline listed on their ID cards. It was sex hotline instead.

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Emily Lavelle and her friends were bored after school one day and decided to call the suicide prevention hotline, listed on the back of their middle school student ID cards.

What they discovered on the other end of the line was something very different.

Emily had unintentionally called a sex hotline. The phone number was listed as a resource on the student ID cards issued by New Vista Middle School in Lancaster, California. Emily told her mother, Janene, about the discovery Monday after being picked up from an after-school program.
"First thing I did was call the number, and sure enough, it was a sex line," Lavelle told CNN. "I was pretty shocked -- it was kind of disbelief."
Lavelle said she wanted to call the school district right away, but since it was after hours, she decided to post a picture of the back of the ID to Facebook, where it went viral.

Facebook took down the post showing the back of the card and offending number Wednesday. Lavelle said she received a message saying the post "goes against our community standard on adult sexual solicitation." Lavelle told CNN she has not heard personally from the school district, but the superintendent of the Lancaster School District issued a statement apologizing for the error.

"Late Monday evening we were made aware that the middle school student ID cards, which have information for emergency resources listed on the back, have the wrong phone number listed for the Suicide Hotline," superintendent Michelle Bowers said in a statement. "We are very sorry for this error, and we are working hard to correct it. The phone numbers have two digits transposed and this is a mistake. The incorrect number listed on the card is actually a sex line."

School administrators have collected all student IDs, and they plan to print and distribute new student IDs as soon as possible, according to Bowers.
In the meantime, Bowers told CNN, calls to the incorrect number on the ID are being routed to the suicide prevention hotline.
"Upon learning about the problem (I'm assuming because of the increased calls and inquiries), the owner of the sex line number was kind enough to have all calls on that number forwarded to the suicide prevention hotline," she said in an email to CNN.
"In my opinion, anything the district puts out, they're responsible for," Lavelle said. "I don't really expect them to do a whole lot more than apologize and fix it."

You can call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress.
 
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cirrrocco

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I wonder if it was just trans-positioning numbers?

Nakedfrog, good point on clipboard. wonder if the person who made the sign / form had a different number stored in his clipboard.
 

FirNaTine

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I wonder if it was just trans-positioning numbers?

Nakedfrog, good point on clipboard. wonder if the person who made the sign / form had a different number stored in his clipboard.
"We are very sorry for this error, and we are working hard to correct it. The phone numbers have two digits transposed and this is a mistake. The incorrect number listed on the card is actually a sex line."
 
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JEDIYoda

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If you think about sex could be a cure for suicide for some......then again lack of sex can cause suicidal tendencies for some...
 
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FirNaTine

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While I get the funny in this, I hope no teenager reached out for help and didn't get what they needed before this came to light.

I have personally pronounced teenagers dead from suicide attempts, one only a few months ago. Suicide is a major cause of teenage death, behind traffic accidents, and unfortunately violence for some groups of youth. I would hope in the future, they would actually call the number they are referring kids to, for no other reason to make sure it is good, and also know what will happen when a kid picks up the phone and dials.

Where I work, we have a "Safe Station" program where folks encountering a substance abuse issue, etc. and not knowing where to turn for help, can come in any time and we will stay with them until trained emergency counselors come to them. I always make the call to the warm line myself, before turning over the phone to the person in need. I want to be 100% sure they are being connected with the right resources, and not just assume it.
 
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Sex releases dopamine just like plenty of other things in life.

Honestly as long as someone actively has SOMETHING that releases dopamine I would find it unlikely they would commit suicide.
 

IronWing

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Jul 20, 2001
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Curing suicide is quite the trick. Are paramedics trained in this technique?
 

Blackjack200

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Lavelle said she wanted to call the school district right away, but since it was after hours, she decided to post a picture of the back of the ID to Facebook, where it went viral.
Wanted to do the right thing but would have had to wait 10 hours so I chased clout instead.
 

Bitek

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Didn't know these things still existed.

Hey, what's that Google voice assistant A.I. doing these days?

Can I get it to call in to Sushi Hut for a reservation for 8pm, then tell me I'm a bad bad boy and I should be spanked?
 

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