LOS ANGELES: Officials from a California school district were left red-faced after students who dialled a suicide prevention hotline listed on their ID badges instead stumbled on a sex line.

“I was just kind of flabbergasted. I was very surprised,” parent Janene Lavelle told the local ABC station after her daughter, who attends middle school, alerted her to the mix-up.

Lavelle said the teen had dialled the number for kicks and was in disbelief when she got a sex hotline.

“Someone who genuinely needs help like that, they shouldn’t hear that kind of thing from what they thought was going to help them,” the student was quoted as telling a local CBS affiliate.

“They should fact-check that kind of thing.” – AFP