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Friday, February 22, 2013

Note: This Was Not TheBoy...

Joseph in IL sent this story in with the admission that he was sure this was not my son...

Mass. boy, trying to avoid bedtime, calls 911
BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say a 10-year-old boy called 911 because he didn't want to go to bed.

Brockton police say the boy made the emergency call just after 8 p.m. Wednesday and told the dispatcher he was calling to report his mother because he did not want to go to bed.

Now, the police are required to answer any 911 call they receive (once, after a long week of making cold calls, I grabbed the home phone and dialed 9 (for an outside line) and then 1 (to start my call) when I realized what I'd done. I hung up, and immediately got a call from the town PD. Apparently 9-1 will trigger the emergency response). It sounds like they handled it well, not charging the young lad or his parents, and I hope that he got a good lesson in not dialing 9-1-1 frivolously.

And according to local news, the boy was punished with an even earlier bedtime the next night...

That is all.

4 comments:

ZerCool said...

Studies have shown that something like 30-40% of 9-1-1 hangup calls are the result of some type of domestic incident. E.g., "We were arguing so I told him I was going to call the cops, but he decided to leave as soon as I dialed."

A 9-1-1 hangup will get an immediate callback, and an officer in most areas. Best bet if you misdial (as in your case): stay on the line, explain what was happening, and accept that an officer may still show up.

JD Rush said...

I've been called back before when dialing 9.

Parrym said...

I got a call one evening from a 911 operator checking to see if everything was ok. I was at first wary of a scam call looking for information since the person on phone did not clearly identify herself. She said a little girl had called 911 and the operator kept asking if everything was alright. I informed there were no little girls at my house and just who the [blank] is this who is calling me. The operator said an officer would be stopping by.

Turns out my (then) 5 yr old son had just learned about 911 at school and wanted to try it out. Thankfully I calmed down before the officer arrived and we had a good chuckle.

Rob said...

The last four digits of my hometown's only pizza parlor's phone number was 2911. Hilarity often ensued when people would misdial that number...