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Prank 911 Calls

" It's a big problem because it ties up their equipment which could be used to save someone's life," says Charlie Broomhead " It's a big problem because it ties up their equipment which could be used to save someone's life," says Charlie Broomhead

You could pay hundreds to thousands of dollars worth of fines and face possible charges if your child makes a prank 911 call.

A Donley County dispatcher says summer is when more kids make prank 911 calls because they are home from school. She tells us one day recently she received 10 prank calls from the same kid.

Amarillo dispatchers also say they have an increase in crank calls in the summer. Not only are they disruptive but they can take police, fire crews, and ambulances away from real emergencies.

Charlie Broomhead, Executive Director for the Potter- Randall County Emergency Communication District, says it's a big problem because it ties up their equipment which could be used to save someone's life.

Broomhead says make sure your kids understand that if they have a real emergency they should call 911 but prank calls are not OK.

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