NC School Mails Student Social Security Numbers

Officials at a North Carolina school district are blaming a programming error for mailing 5,000 postcards with student Social Security numbers printed on them.

WRAL-TV reports the postcards were mailed to parents across the Wake County district with their children's' Social Security numbers printed on the address labels. The cards were mailed Tuesday and have been arriving at homes throughout the week.

A spokesman for the school district said the students were in middle school and high school. The error was a result of a system no longer in place which uses Social Security numbers as student ID numbers.

The school is offering affected families a year of free credit report checks at a value of $20 per family.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    you can refuse to give you ssn but you will not be able to get loans, go into the military, the list goes on and on. The military used your social for your id when I was in. The sims system was originally set up to use ssn for the students. Years ago before id theft starting running rampant. The new system NCWISE don't use ssn for student id's. I didn't think anyone was still using SIMS though.
  • by GUMBY on Dec 4, 2009 at 09:38 PM
    A ss no. is for employment, nothing else. No wonder so much ID theft. You have the right to refuse to give your ss id dl, except for employment purposes.
  • by teacher Location: nc on Dec 4, 2009 at 07:05 PM
    Pete, this has nothing to do with teachers. This is a SIMS error. Do we know who mailed out the letters? They should have noticed this.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 4, 2009 at 06:38 PM
    This is the result of lowering test standards years ago so students could pass test.this practice also made it to universities thus the teachers teaching today are not qualified to teach school and we get instances like this one.remember the principle giving higher grades for $20?
  • by Chuck on Dec 4, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    The incompetent people that the schools hires try to blame their error on something else. In the real world idiots like this would have been fired.
  • by Holly Location: Gville on Dec 4, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    They really haven't offered the families anything, considering everyone is entitled to a free credit report from each of the three agencies once a year under current federal law. So if these families haven't already used their free one, then basically the school has incurred no costs. This is a terrible mistake and I really hope that every child's identity is protected.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    Way to go, Let everyone know about this so they can go find the cards, and scam scam scam. Some things are better left unsaid.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2009 at 11:56 AM
    Actually, they say it's for 1 year but, it's really for 3-4 years. They just say 1 year so the media can print a story. ;)
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    Great lesson for the students to double check your work before you hand it in or in this case mail it. Now lets just let everyone know that they will get the free credit check for a year, so those people that stole the numbers will know how long they have to wait before they use them.
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