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Girl Told to Clean Room Calls 911 on Parents

Police say 9-year-old got a 'talking to'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2018 4:38 AM CST
False alarms "tie up the phone lines at the communications center, waste taxpayer money, tie up law enforcement officers, and threaten lives," Sanchuck says.   (Wikimedia/Ben PL)

(Newser) – Police in Ontario have told parents to make sure their children know that 911 is a number to be called in emergencies only—and it is not an emergency when your parents ask you to clean your room. The Ontario Provincial Police say they rushed to a residence in Simcoe on Saturday to find that a 9-year-old girl had called 911 on her parents because her mother had asked her to tidy up, CTV reports. Constable Dave Sanchuck says there was no criminal intent, so the girl won't face any consequences apart from a "talking to," the CBC reports. Sanchuck says it takes two officers around 30 minutes to respond to each 911 call, meaning false alarms put "enormous" pressure on police resources. (An Ontario teenager called 911 because she didn't like her parents' choice of vacation spot.)

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