What would you do if two strange men broke into your house? Would you scream, cry, grab a weapon? What if you were a 12-year-old? Well, this happened to one 12-year-old who was home alone. Two burglars broke in his home in Texas and I'll be damned if the boy didn't totally keep his cool, dial 911, hide, and politely and quietly describe to the operator what was happening. This is one brave and astonishingly smart little man and the audio recording of his 911 call will make you bawl your eyes out with happiness that he's all right.
The boy, Deion Murdock, started off by doing the right thing -- he immediately dialed 911 when he heard his window smash.
"Someone's trying to break into my house," he told the dispatcher. Notice how he dialed 911 first before anything. Nor did he go try to check out what was going on. He was even polite during the call, saying, "They just broke the window, ma'am." Aww! This poor little brave boy!!
He then went into his mother's bedroom and the operator told him to hide, so he hid in the closet as the burglars got into the house. He now knew enough to be quiet. I can only imagine his heart was thumping like mad, but he didn't start bawling.
"I'm going to have to whisper now, because I think they're coming in," he said. When asked if he had a weapon, he said, "No, ma'am. Please hurry."
Then, horrifyingly, the men were inside his mother's room. But the boy kept calm. "They're in here," he whispered.
Soon the cops were there -- the burglars ran out the door and were later caught hiding in the woods.
I'm just so blown away by this kid's demeanor. He should be president! I wonder if his parents taught him what to do in case of something like this. If it was me, I probably would have panicked and let out a blood-curdling yowl!
Should we teach our kids what to do in scenarios like this? And, if we do, would that make them scared of the world?
I think 12-years-old is old enough to be home alone for short periods of time. Hell, I was babysitting neighborhood kids at this age. And I think scenarios like this are rare. But it can't hurt to drill with your kids what to do in case of home invasion like we do in case of fire.
The operator, too, was impressed by little Deion, telling him:
You're doing good, doing real good, doing perfect. Your mom's going to be so proud of you.