Prank Calls to 9-1-1 a Problem

There has been a sudden surge in bogus 9-1-1 calls in Leon County, and the culprits are kids.

Dispatchers say on Tuesday alone they received six prank calls, some of them hang ups, and Thursday in the 10 minutes we stopped by another child called saying "secret agent, abort mission."

Dispatchers aren't laughing.

SGT Chris Chase, LCSO spokesman, said, "What this is doing is tying up a 911 operator who could be handling a call that is a true emergency, and when time is of the essence, especially in a 911 call medical condition, we need that phone line free and we need the officer handling the call free."

Hang-up calls are especially troubling as a deputy must be sent to the scene to make sure there isn't a true emergency. Deputies urge parents to have a serious talk with their children about when to dial 9-1-1.