Teen Peeved With Parents' Vacation Choice Calls 911

'It was not an appropriate use of 911,' cop says
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2016 6:50 AM CDT
Teen Peeved With Parents' Vacation Choice Calls 911
File photo of Hastings in Trent Hills, Ontario, where cops got a 911 call last week from a 15-year-old girl "forced" to go on vacation there with her parents.   (Wikimedia Commons/By P199)

Is Trent Hills, Ontario, really that bad? A 15-year-old girl “forced” to go to the Canadian vacation spot by her parents last week apparently thought so—and called 911 with her emergency, the CBC reports. Police who responded to the cottage the family rented were not amused. “This appeared to be a case of a teenager being a teenager,” local Constable Stephen Bates tells the Toronto Star. “Although she perceived this as a real issue, it was not an appropriate use of 911.”

The girl was given a warning about misusing police resources, Bates says, "which could impact the safety of others in the community who are in real need of assistance." That may be true, observes a post at New York sympathetic to the teen, "but if you've ever been on a family vacation, you can understand where she was coming from." Death and Texas imagines the reaction: "Teens across Canada collectively sighed, rolled their eyes, and put their headphones back on." (This 911 dispatcher handled a very real call about her own kid.)

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