Youth learn prank 911 call no joke

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

At ap­prox­i­mately 3:00 p.m. on Au­gust 3, four po­lice of­fi­cers were called to Mor­rin af­ter a prank call to 911.

The two chil­dren, ages 8 and 4, called 911 us­ing the pay­phone lo­cated be­side the old Post Of­fice and across from the Mor­rin Ho­tel and Bar.

Two calls were made, the first re­gard­ing a rob­bery in progress at the Moun­tain View Credit Union (MVCU). Roughly 15 min­utes later, an­other phone call was made about one of the two churches burn­ing down while the units were on their way to in­ves­ti­gate the first call.

Once po­lice ar­rived on scene, the chil­dren were found out­side the MVCU.

“We still treat it the same as if it was ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing so we had gone to the bank and made sure ev­ery­one was okay there. The other of­fi­cers dealt with the kids,” said RCMP Con­sta­ble Sarah Boul­ton.

Fire was on scene as well as town mem­bers. Af­ter ev­ery­thing had cleared, the chil­dren were talked to about the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion be­fore apol­o­giz­ing and be­ing brought home to fam­ily.

“We treated it more like an ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­nity,” said Con­sta­ble Boul­ton. “I mean they re­al­ized the sever­ity of what ac­tu­ally hap­pened. They then apol­o­gized and they were talk­ing to fire of­fi­cials.”

Each call to 911 is treated and ap­proached the same as the sit­u­a­tion could be danger­ous.

“You never re­ally know if it’s very se­ri­ous but the bank could have ac­tu­ally be be­ing robbed, maybe they were the only ones there that could say any­thing or see any­thing from that point of view so we go there and treat it as a high risk and high pri­or­ity kind of thing.”

“Ev­ery­thing was good and I think they def­i­nitely learned their les­son, they felt pretty bad af­ter­wards.”

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