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10-year-old Massachusetts boy calls 9-1-1 to complain about mom telling him to go to bed

Date: 2013-02-23
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A 10-year old boy in Brockton (MA) called 9-1-1 on his mother recently – not because of an emergency but because he didn’t want to go to bed.

According to the Brockton online newspaper, Shamayne Rosario had told 10-year old Dan Davis to go to bed shortly after 8PM last Wednesday night, but the fourth-grader balked at going to bed so early on school vacation week.

On his way to his bedroom, Dan picked up the wall phone and dialed 9-1-1. He quickly hung up, but not before connecting.

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 9-1-1 callback, “because you can’t be calling 9-1-1 when there is no emergency.”

Then she told the police, “He doesn’t want to come to the phone.”

False 9-1-1 calls are part of what a police department deals with every day, said Brockton PD Lt. Paul Bonanca. “Most of it’s hang-ups, people calling 9-1-1 who didn’t mean to,” he said.

Brockton police sent an officer out to the Rosario house, near Keith Park in the city’s Campello section. Rosario asked the officer to talk to her son about the importance of using 9-1-1 for emergencies only. No charges were brought.

However, Rosario did advise reporters that Dan will spend the next two weeks grounded.

Read full story (and listen to the 9-1-1 call) at:

- People, Places & Things/ (via Enterprise News, 2/22/13)



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