Mom Calls the Police on 3-Year-Old Daughter for Unbuckling Her Seat Belt

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When it comes to teaching kids life-saving lessons in safety, the end justifies almost any means -- but what about calling the police on your own 3-year-old for unbuckling her seat belt? That's what Michelle Fortin of Scottsdale, Arizona, did recently when her daughter Camille broke out of her car seat while Fortin was driving, and while it's fair to say the little girl probably won't try to repeat that stunt anytime soon, some are saying the mom went too far.

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Fortin was apparently driving home with her kids when Camille decided to pull her little escape artist act, to which the mom was alerted by a tattletale sibling.

"All I heard was her screaming and crying," Fortin told KTVK.

"And all of a sudden her brother, who was sitting next to her, yells, 'Mommy! Mommy -- she unbuckled her seat belt.'"

UGH, been there! As most of us would do in this case, Fortin pulled over so she could get Camille back into her seat. In the process, she tried to tell her daughter why what she did was so dangerous, but apparently the preschooler wasn't truly grasping the gravity of the situation. So ... she turned her daughter over to the authorities. Kinda.

"This was something that would hurt her. Her safety was at risk, so I took it for what it was -- a teachable moment," she said. "I got home and called the police and turned her in."

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This lady wasn't messing around! It's important to note here, however, that Fortin didn't call 911 -- she called the police station, explained what had happened, and asked if any officers would be willing to come to her house and explain to her daughter why wearing a seat belt is so important. As it turned out, the local law enforcement officials were "more than willing" to make a visit and share some unforgettable words of wisdom.

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"We don't know what other drivers will do," police officer Corey Snead told the little girl.

"Other drivers might not pay attention and run into the back of your mom, or side of the car. If you were not buckled, your body is going to hit something."

Truth. And while I'm sure that's nothing Fortin hasn't already told Camille a million times, the message was probably a lot more powerful coming from a stranger in a uniform with a badge. Or was it? Check out the look on her (adorable) face while the police officer is talking in this clip!

Unsurprisingly, Camille promised the officers she would keep her seat belt on from now on -- and chances are she will, because this encounter must have made some kind of impression on her. But still ... was Fortin's lesson too extreme??

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As a mom, I'm torn. I want to say yes -- this was definitely too much, the kid is 3 years old, for Pete's sake, and wasn't this a waste of the police officers' time anyway? But on the other hand, it seems like the cops were into the idea, so clearly they weren't being ripped away from a crime scene or anything, and it's not like they went over and tried to intimidate the kid. Overall, the experience sounds like it was more educational than traumatizing. So no harm done?

In the end, I guess, we all do what we have to do to keep our kids safe. But in the long run, we're the ones who have to get these important messages across to our kids. We can't rely on cooperative police officers -- or anyone else -- to get the job done for us, no matter how hard it is to make kids listen.

 

Image via Michelle Fortin/KTVK

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