An inadvertent phone call caused alarm in some elementary school parents this morning.
Parents of Longfellow Elementary School students received a call about 8:55 a.m. indicating their children were absent from school.
Superintendent Craig Kautz said it was a simple mistake.
"We are very sorry that this accident occurred," he said. "By no means was it our intention to panic a large group of parents about where their kids were."
The calls were made by an automated system used for reporting absences to parents. Kautz described it as a powerful technology to alert parents, but in this case it spread disinformation as quickly as reliable information.