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article imageBoy doesn't want to go to bed, calls 911

By Leigh Goessl     Feb 24, 2013 in Odd News
Brockton - A 10-year-old Massachusetts boy called 911 because he did not want to go to bed. Police came to the house and subsequently explained when it is and isn't appropriate to call the emergency number.

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One night last week Shamayne Rosario had told her son it was time to go to bed. He was not agreeable to the idea, so 10-year-old Dan David decided to call 911 for help, according to NBC News.
“He’s like, ‘I’m gonna call the cops on you,’” Rosario, 34, of Brockton, told Enterprise News. Her son was on mid-winter recess and had wanted to stay up late.
He dialed 911, then hung up quickly and “just walked to his room and got under the covers."
Police returned the call, as per procedure. Rosario explained the situation to the police while telling her son it was not OK to call 911 when "there is no emergency".
"If he's monopolizing time by calling 911 when there's no emergency, what could happen to the next person who really needs that officer there," Rosario told CBS Boston. "That's the point I want him to know."
Not knowing for sure whether or not there was a problem, police came to the house to confirm there was no emergency.
“You can’t really take that chance,” Lt. Paul Bonanca said, according to Enterprise News.
While the officer was at the house, Rosario asked the officers if they could teach Dan a lesson. Police went to his room and then explained to him the proper reasons to call 911.
"He was actually really scared when she found out that they were sending the police. He was actually really scared because he didn't think that he was doing anything wrong," said Veronica Flaherty-Spencer, a family friend, reported WCSH News 6.
Now he reportedly understands the difference.
Police did not charge the family with any crime, but Rosario grounded Dan for two weeks.
Non-emergency 911 calls are a common occurrence which ties up emergency responder resources. It is a costly problem. Last year Digital Journal reported "butt dials" account for a significant number of accidental calls to emergency lines.
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