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Parents Make Sixth-Grader Write Apology to 911 Dispatcher for Prank Call

The Short of It

A sixth-grader in Savannah, Ga., was told by his parents to send an apology letter to the 911 dispatcher he prank called. The letter itself is pretty hilarious—and it makes you think hard about finding the right ways to punish kids for misbehavior.

The Lowdown

After the unnamed sixth-grader was caught calling 911 and saying "deez nuts" on a dare, his parents gave him a surprising punishment: Hand-write an apology letter and read it out loud to the staff at the Savannah-Chatham County 911 Center.

"What happened was that me and my friends we're [sic] talking and I got dared to call you," the letter said. "I know this was stupid but I was not listening to myself but I did knew [sic] it was wrong. Please forgive me."

Employees reportedly accepted the apology and took the boy and his parents on a tour of the facility to show him what goes on there and to teach him why it's important not to prank-call 911.

Savannah-Chatham County 911 Center

The Upshot

I think this is a fitting punishment. The parents deserve kudos for making their son accountable for his actions—over the phone and the internet, there tends be a lack of accountability—and for turning it into a positive situation for the boy.

According to the Savannah-Chatham Police department website, Lt. Jeff Olson was so impressed he called the parents to thank them.

"Things like this prove that we do make a difference, one person at a time," he said.

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