The Pendleton Panther

Pre-Teens Update Facebook Status Instead of Calling The Emergency Department

Posted on: September 16, 2009

facebook_logoTwo girls ages 10 and 12 were trapped in a drain on monday September 7th and instead of calling the cops, they decided to update their facebook statuses.  Luckily the girls’ friend saw the post and called the police to rescue them. Police are questioning the trapped girls’ decision. Glenn Benham from the Metropolitan Fire Service in Adelaide, Australia said “It is a worry for us because it causes a delay on us being able to rescue the girls, If they were able to access Facebook from their mobile phones, they could have called 000(000 is Aulstralias emergency number), so the point being they could have called us directly and we could have got there quicker than relying on someone being online and replying to them and eventually having to call us via 000 anyway.”   Although the girls were saved and are health,  in an event when time was of the essence, this would not have been a good idea. Many believe, it is always better to get the immediate help from authorities, opposed to hoping that someone sees your post on the internet.  Putting such important notes to ask for help on Facebook is not a good idea since many people would take it as a joke. The girls in my opinion, made a relativly easy rescue task into something much more difficult. In a state of emergency, always remember that you should try to get things done as fast as possible.

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