WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County emergency dispatchers say it’s not necessarily a bad thing that so many young children are calling 911, but it often takes extra patience to find out why they called.
The Wichita Eagle reports about 10 calls a day from children younger than 10 come into Sedgwick County Emergency Communications, including two or three from children younger than 5.
Emergency communications director Kim Pennington says the department does a lot of public education with children on calling 911, and the fact that they’re making those calls is a good sign.
The calls also highlight areas where the lessons taught to children can be improved. Pennington says it’s sometimes difficult getting a child’s address, for instance, so parents should make it a priority to teach their kids that information.