January 25th, 2012
07:17 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Oops! School signs spelled wrong

Students who struggle with their spelling lessons may have trouble finding positive reinforcement from some school signs we found spelled incorrectly. Check out these signs that spell trouble:

"SHCOOL X-NG" sign lacking "street smarts" – Since July of last year students at Marta Valle High School on New York City's Lower East Side have had to view a painted street sign outside of their school that was spelled wrong.

"People older than us always tell us to make sure we spell stuff right and this sign is wrong right in front of us," said Tanaysha Ebron, a senior at the school.

The sign, spelled "SHCOOL X-NG" on Stanton Street was corrected Tuesday.

"PUBIC schools" sign removed – A billboard meant to tout South Bend, Indiana, schools was removed after it caused a big stir in 2010. The billboard encouraged local residents to check out the "15 best things about our PUBIC schools." The sign was supposed to say "public" but the letter "l" was accidentally left out. Affiliate WSBT reported the company that created the billboard advertisement said the ad was proofread by four people and the typo was missed by all of them.

Too cool for "SCOHOL" – A "SCOHOL" zone sign in Lauderhill, Florida, attracted a lot of unwanted attention last year near Banyan Elementary School. Lauderhill resident Keith Mahl jokingly told affiliate WSVN the crew that made the mistake should be "sent back to third grade and given an 'F' for spelling." The company responsible for the error told WSVN the letters "h" and "o" are on the same stencil and they accidentally painted the letters with the stencil upside down.

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  1. banasy©

    Oh, Lord.....

    January 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Lee

    They should all be fired! Or, it is fryed. Whatever.....

    January 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. TriXen

    He needs to go back to shcool. lol

    January 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • James

      as does the CNN writer who thinks "gotta" is a real word.

      January 26, 2012 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. TORI©

    This is exactly the malpractice that makes a person scream. If these signs were vetted by a group of people,I simply don't get it.Another waste of tax payer money in these towns.

    January 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      Vetted by a group of people? Tasked with watching the misspellings get placed, or programmed? Gee, that wouldn't be too expensive. Mistakes happen, but they get fixed. BTW, the repair costs are most likely covered under warranty, and are done at the contractors expense. No extra taxpayer funds. Relax.

      January 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael J.

    Slow news day, CNN? This is nothing new.

    January 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Bubba™

    That's what happens when they keep cutting pay and benefits.....lol

    January 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. truth

    I donet undrstand whats rong withe that srteet sine?

    January 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. foxinabox

    how come everybody at the schools are always like make sure you spell check and then these goofballs turn right around and do the opposite? Hypocrates.

    January 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nate Dogg

      Hypocrates? Oh, I get it, yore being eyeronic.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Noel G. Reyes

    All I can say is: "That's whey hcool!"

    January 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Portland tony

    This another why story. If you want your 15 minutes of fame, screw up the school Xing sign. CNN! Why do you think people do stuff like this?

    January 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. w l jones

    Question! How many people wrote a letter too there parents and friends in the last five years?

    January 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • steve

      spelling? grammar? "too" should be "to", and "there" should be "their". Guess you are one of those that painted those signs.

      January 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NWO

    has even got us laughing at our dumbing down! ;(

    January 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. TORI©

    @fox in a box and @wi jones, please tell us your blogs are just a funny with the typos. We all do that.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • w l jones

      I thought I were durning very well in grammar! after all I started work at six or seven years old and went to school half day early fall and early spring. I am a true blue southren and we are proud of the way we speak English.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rearingeddie

    I don't get it. You're painting the letters on the street, shouldn't it have clicked when you check the work? Oh wait, they weren't english speaking hired help. I guess that happens when you cut the budget and hire low wagers.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Hey, it's in Florida. Watt elz dew u xspect frum dem Peeple ?

    January 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bubba™

      Don't start snapping ... on Ebonics now....its a legit dialect..hehe

      January 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
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