Brockton, MA – A 10-year-old boy called 911 on his mom Wednesday night because he just wasn’t ready to go to bed yet.
Enterprise News reports that the 10-year-old boy in question called 911 at 8:09 pm, according to the police log. The boy called from Terminal Place, which is off Montello Street near the Campello Commuter Rail station.
The boy had intended to tattle on his mother for forcing him to go to bed but hung up. As is standard policy, the 911 operator called the number back and got the mother, who explained the situation.
The mother can be heard on the line telling the boy that she’s talking with police because he placed a call to them. She asks him if he still wants to talk to the authorities and complain about his bedtime, but he elects not to.
MSN reports that a police officer (Officer Friendly or possibly Officer Public Service Announcement) went to the house to explain to the 10-year-old when calling 911 is appropriate. It’s reserved for people being shot at, stabbed, or burglarized, not to protest an unfair bedtime.
No charges were placed on the family.
The most remarkable thing to me is that the bedtime (presumably 8 pm) does seem like it’s a bit early for a 10-year-old. Don’t get me wrong: I count down the hours to the time when all the juvenile rabble go to bed so I can play on XBox Live in relative peace, but I at least had a respectable bed time of 9 pm or 9:30 pm by age 10.
Anyway. You can listen to the 10-year-old boy’s 911 call here.