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Seven-year-old calls 911 after receiving snow pants for Christmas



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A 7 year old Ont. The boy may have just added himself to the next year's list of whores after calling 911 for receiving snow pants as a Christmas present.

Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Kerry Schmidt – who tweeted the incident – said the call was made in the early evening of December 25.

He said the boy was upset with his gift and wanted the police to help.

Schmidt said police had taken the necessary steps to ensure that the call was not an emergency and that police were not sent to the scene to investigate.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Schmidt told CTVNews.ca that the incident is "a moment of awareness and educational" that leads to another reminder for parents and caregivers to talk to children about 911 calls.

"Parents or caregivers need to make sure their children understand the consequences of calling 911 and what constitutes an emergency," said Schmidt.

He went on to say that calling 911 for a non-emergency takes away from other priority calls that can be real emergencies.

In an earlier interview with CTV Kitchener, OPP officials said that it takes approximately 30 minutes to investigate a 911 call, and responding to non-emergencies can overwhelm police resources.

"Children need to realize that calling 911 is critical and serious," said Schmidt. "We do not want to waste resources going after calls that are not an emergency."

Schmidt said he did not know whether OPP was taking additional steps to address the problem.

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