Glitch in Michigan High School's Automated Dialing System Spreads Bogus Detention Messages

What the heck was wrong with all those kids at Flushing High School?

Not much, as it turned out.

A glitch in the school's new, automated dialing and message system contacted most parents Monday night and said their students had been given one-day detentions to serve this week.

An hour and 45 minutes later, a second call — personally recorded by principal Jason Melynchek — went out to parents of most of the school's 1,520 students.

"Thankfully, it didn't take long for us to find out about it. Even one of our assistant superintendents has a daughter in the high school and she got the call, too," Melynchek told The Flint Journal.

"We've been using the system in previous weeks for other notifications like reminders that report cards were mailed out and haven't had a problem. Unfortunately we just hit a speed bump last night, and we're working to make sure it doesn't happen again."

The 20 or so students who did draw detentions this week got both of the mistaken calls, but they're not getting a break, Melynchek said.

"We'll follow up with them today," he said Tuesday.