10-Year-Old Boy Calls 911 Because He Doesn't Want to Go to Bed (LISTEN)

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big boy bedWhen I first saw the headline "Massachusetts Boy Trying to Avoid Going to Sleep Calls Police," I thought, "Aw, that's cute. And funny! A toddler who hates going to sleep (like all kids hate going to sleep) probably just learned about '911' and didn't realize it wasn't for non-emergencies." But then when I read the story and found out the kid was 10 years old, I didn't find it quite as cute.

When Shamayne Rosario told Dan, her fourth grade-aged son, to go to bed shortly after 8:00, he decided it was a crime worthy of calling the police. So he dialed 911 and then, probably realizing it was wrong, hung up. But as with all 911 hang-up calls, the dispatcher had to call the home back. Shamayne answered the phone, calm and collected, and informed the operator that it was her untired son who made the call. "Dan, would you like to talk to the police?" Shamayne says while on the phone with the dispatcher, "because you can’t be calling 911 when there is no emergency." The operator, likely having children herself, lets out a chuckle, but informs Shamayne that, due to protocol, they have to send someone out to the home.

Dan will spend the next two weeks grounded for what he did. And I say that sounds about right. "He needs to know that there’s boundaries and responsibilities he needs to uphold, no matter how old he is," his mom said.

Although it's harmless and, yes, kind of funny, kids Dan's age ought to know that dialing 911 -- simply because they don't want to go to sleep -- is wrong. Actually, it seems like Dan did know dialing 911 because he didn't want to go to sleep was wrong -- hence, why he hung up. Makes it a little worse.

It sounds like Shamayne has things under control, though. I think a two-week grounding sounds like a fit punishment for what Dan did. I'd probably do the same thing if I were in her position. When the two weeks are up, I think the message will be pretty ingrained in young Dan -- and I seriously doubt he'll ever call 911 for a non-emergency again.

What would you do if your 10-year-old child did this?


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idunn... idunno1234

Oops, liked this accidentally.  I mean, the article is fine, I just didn't find it particularly newsworthy.


Kids do stupid stuff, so do grown ups.  That will never change.

tuffy... tuffymama

Wow. I don't think he would be sitting down for a week, in this house. My mother certainly would have knocked the hide off our asses if we had done that.

Momma... Mommakesmilkcom

Kids do stupid things. When I was around the same age I didnt know that a payphone could call 911 without putting money in it first. My friend and I were playing at the camp ground and used the payphone, pretending, and dialed 911 and then hung up (never even heard it ring!) and kept playing our game. Well... lets just say... my mom was PISSED when the police showed up at the campground. hah. yeahh...I was a really stupid kid. Some learn the hard way!

Rootbear Rootbear

My brother did this when he was about 3-4 years old. Except he actually talked to the dispatcher. My mom almost had a coronary when the cops showed up at the door.

hotrd... hotrdumommy

When I was younger our phone had gotten disconnected and my brother dialed 911 and hung up thinking that since the service was disconnected then there was no way that 911 would work. Well it did and when the cops showed up he thought he was going to jail.

Rachel Ricks

Heh.I once had a 10 year old lock herself in the bathroom and call 911 while I was babysitting. The operator convinced her that my following her mother's 'no deseret until the toys are picked up' policy did not constitute neglect or abuse. That was a little harrowing.

nonmember avatar Shamayne Rosari

My son Daniel is still very much aware of his fault. Since the 911 incident he will never make such threats, or misuse the 911 system. He did exceptional in school this past session , plans to attend football this season as a smarter fifth grader. We all make mistakes in the heat of feeling , things aren't going our way. Our response during and after are what's important.

nonmember avatar Shamayne Rosari

My son Daniel is still very much aware of his fault. Since the 911 incident he will never make such threats, or misuse the 911 system. He did exceptional in school this past session , plans to attend football this season as a smarter fifth grader. We all make mistakes in the heat of feeling , things aren't going our way. Our response during and after are what's important. Many negative and positive responses have been on the Internet ... I wish violence wasn't the majority of them. Violence brings violence and in turn violent behaviors ... I'm a survivor and learning from our in discrepancies is what's important...

nonmember avatar ShamayneRosario

My son Daniel is still very much aware of his fault. Since the 911 incident he will never make such threats, or misuse the 911 system. He did exceptional in school this past session , plans to attend football this season as a smarter fifth grader. We all make mistakes in the heat of feeling , things aren't going our way. Our response during and after are what's important. Many negative and positive responses have been on the Internet ... I wish violence wasn't the majority of them. Violence brings violence and in turn violent behaviors ... I'm a survivor and learning from our in discrepancies is what's important...

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