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School error exposes private information of 100 Chesterfield students

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Private information of roughly 100 Chesterfield County school students has been exposed, after school leaders mixed up emergency contact information forms. Parents say now their kids' identities are at risk - and they want action taken.

Social Security Numbers, birth certificate numbers, contact information, and birthdays were sent to the wrong home.

Now parents are questioning the process. They want to know why such private information is being handled this way - and why it's needed at all.

"I think this practice needs to change," said Kari Tross. "They can't keep sending these random things home. I don't know where it's been, especially just from school to home. My kid's backpack is not exactly a secure facility for this document to be in!"

They say it's also safety issue and potentially a huge risk for their very young children's identity. They'd like the school to be held accountable for securing the information.

Chesterfield County Spokesperson Shawn Smith had this to say:

"Yesterday, approximately 100 students (out of close to 60,000 Chesterfield students) received an information card for a classmate. The two schools directly contacted the families who were impacted by this. This should not have occurred and the school division is working to correct the error that occurred when the cards were printed."

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