An Indiana Kid Called 911 Because Math Is Stressful And This Operator Ended Up Helping Him With Fractions
Downtrodden by fractions, the poor kid turned to the only place he could think of for help.
A young kid in Indiana called 911 to help him with his homework.
Exasperated by fractions, he lamented his childhood woes to Antonia Bundy, the dispatcher he’d contacted.
“I had a really bad day and, I don’t know,” the unidentified boy said, he told Bundy when she asked the nature of his emergency. After a brief conversation that would make a psychology major proud, Bundy got down to the root of the problem: math. The young student was having a tough day because he couldn’t quite understand fractions.
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“It’s so hard,” he said of his homework.
We can all relate.
Once Bundy identified the problem, she helped him with one. The dispatcher and fraction phenom helped him add three-fourths plus one-fourth.
The boy apologized for calling about something that wasn’t an emergency but maintained that he needed the help.
Bundy’s sweet interaction didn’t go unnoticed. The Lafayette Police Department tweeted about the phone call, and Police Chief Pat Flannelly praised her actions.
“I was really really impressed with Antonia,” he said. “It can be a hard and busy job down there, and for her to recognize that the boy was stressed and needed someone to talk to, it was heartwarming to listen to her approach with him.”
Police Sergeant Matt Gard was also impressed.
“[Dispatchers] do receive some oddball requests,” he said. “But this situation of calling asking for homework help — I’ve been in law enforcement for 13 years and I don’t know I’ve ever heard of this happening.”
Bundy could’ve easily blown him off or reprimand him for calling with a non-emergency but realized to a young kid, fractions can easily qualify as an emergency. Black women saving the day, yet again.
Listen to a snippet of audio from the call below:
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