When Emily Lavelle and her friends got bored, they called the number on the back of their student ID. They thought it was the number to a suicide prevention line. It turned out to be a sex hotline.
"I was in disbelief. I mean, someone who genuinely needs help like that, they shouldn't hear that kind of thing from what they thought was gonna help them," Lavelle told KCBS.
The New Vista Middle School student told her mom, Janene, who said she didn’t believe it at first. She dialed the number herself and got connected to the same line.
By the time Janene made the call, it was too late to phone the school. Instead, she spread the warning on Facebook about who would be on the other end of the number.
The next day, officials from the Lancaster School District in California responded, saying in part, "The phone numbers have two digits transposed and this is a mistake. The number listed on the card is actually a sex line."
Although it's quite the mix up, Janene said it's kind of funny.
"It does have a humorous undertone to it, but, on the same aspect, if somebody really needed help and they called that number, I don't know what would happen," Janene said.
Emily echoed her mother’s sentiment. "They should fact check that kind of thing," she said.
School administrators say they plan to collect every single ID card from students and print replacements.
The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.