TN: Personal records of all Elizabethton students accidentally emailed to parent

John Thompson reports:

The Elizabethton City School System accidentally released personal information on all the system’s students on Tuesday. Superintendent Ed Alexander said the information was not further distributed.

Alexander said the information release was an internal mistake and there was no hacking.

“An official inadvertently hit the wrong button,” Alexander said. “All the report cards are now secure and we have changed our procedure to require two employees to be involved in the sending of confidential information.”

Alexander said the mistake happened when a parent of a T.A.. Dugger Jr. High School student wanted to obtain a copy of the student’s report card. Alexander said an employee who was not at the school agreed to provide a copy to the parent.

The parent was emailed a computer file that the parent discovered contained the grades, other educational records and biographical information on all students of the school system.


The Johnson City School System faced a similar situation in February when the wrong personal information cards were inadvertently sent home with Woodland Elementary School students. Debra Bentley, the system’s supervisor of instruction and communication, said some students in six classes at Woodland were sent home with the wrong emergency cards, which can include students’ addresses, home telephone numbers and Social Security numbers.

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