Youth learn prank 911 call no joke
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.”