Listen: Boy calls US Police for help with maths homework, gets it

An Indiana police station has released audio of a boy who called their emergency line for help with his maths homework.

The Lafayette, Indiana Police Department posted the audio on Twitter on Saturday (local time), saying their staff "train for emergency situations", and that "homework help is not one of them".

"I had a very bad day and I just... I don't know," the boy is heard saying.

Dispatcher Antonia Bundy asks the boy what happened that made him have a bad day.

"I just have tons of homework," the boy responds.

"What subject do you have homework in?" Ms Bundy asks.

"Math, and it's so hard," the boy replies.

Ms Bundy asks the boy what he's learning that's so difficult and he tells her he's learning fractions.

She then asks him if there is a problem he wants help with.

"Yeah, what's three by fourths plus one by fourths?" he says.

Ms Bundy then explains him through the maths problem and asks him if that's all he needs help with.

"I'm sorry for calling you, but it really, really helped," said the boy after the pair had worked out the maths problem together.

The Lafayette Indiana PD say they don't recommend that people call 911 for maths homework help "but this dispatcher helped a young boy out and brightened his day".

Ms Bundy has received comments of praise online from people who say she handled the situation perfectly.

"This dispatcher clearly understands that it may not be an emergency to us, but it is to somebody," said one commenter.

"Great job helping this very stressed young man in his time of need."


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