A family received a surprise visit from police in Canada after their teenage daughter called 911 and complained that she had been forced to go on a trip with them, officials said.
The 15-year-old called 911 at around 12:30 a.m. last Tuesday and said she was upset that she was made to spend time with her mother and father, Northumberland OPP Constable Stephen Bates told InsideEdition.com.
Though there didn’t seem to be any emergency behind the call, police were obligated to respond to the family’s cottage on the Trent River in Trent Hills, Ontario, Bates said.
“Officers were met at the door by her mother, who had no idea her daughter had called 911,” he said.
After OPP determined that the girl and all those at the cottage were safe, they cautioned the teen for misusing 911.
“Although [the teen] perceived it as a real issue… obviously it’s not an appropriate use of 911,” Bates said. “It was a teenager being a teenager.”
Bates said that in his 28 years of policing, he had never had a call like this one.
He said he decided to include this call in his news release to inspire parents to discuss the appropriate use of 911 with their children.
“Calls like this tie up police resources, which could impact the safety of others in the community who are in real need of assistance,” Bates said. “There is a serious message to this as well.”