A 10-year-old Massachusetts boy placed a call to 911 last week – because he didn’t want to go to bed. I think this household is in serious need of a conversation detailing what constitutes an “emergency.” Also, 911 non-emergency calls aren’t funny.
When I first read the story I have to admit there was a part of me that kind of chuckled. Until I realized the child was ten years old. Ten years old! That is way to old to not understand the seriousness of a call to 911.
Massachusetts police say the child made the call just after 8pm. He told the dispatcher he was calling to report his mother because he did not want to go to bed. The boy’s mother, Rosario Davis, said he then hung up the phone, ran to his room and hid under the covers. Enterprise News reports:
Brockton police, following protocol, returned the call. Rosario explained the situation, then asked her son to pitch in.
“Dan, would you like to talk to the police?” she is heard saying in the 911 call, “because you can’t be calling 911 when there is no emergency.”
Then she told the police, “He doesn’t want to come to the phone.”
A link on the Huffington Post calls the story, “The Most Adorable 911 Call Ever?” There are countless news stories showing a picture of a smiling mother holding a phone. What? This isn’t cute. Maybe I’m more sensitive to this whole thing because I live in a city of eight million people. I don’t think it’s “cute” to clog up emergency lines and waste precious resources on a child that hasn’t been taught boundaries.
The local police department sent an officer out to the house to talk to her son about the importance of using 911 for emergencies only:
False 911 calls are part of what a police department deals with every day, said Lt. Paul Bonanca.
“Most of it’s hang-ups, people calling 911 who didn’t mean to,” he said.
Regardless of what a person says, the department has to confirm all 911 calls in person, because police never know if it’s a situation in which someone was coerced into lying.
Hopefully this mother of six will teach those boundaries to her five other children so more tax dollars don’t need to be wasted teaching her adorable children lessons that should have already been taught.