‘Butt dial’ sends SWAT team storming into middle school looking for ‘gangster-like’ hostage
Take this as the best example of over-reaction in probably the history of history. From NY Daily News:
Chicago-area police are undoubtedly feeling like a bunch of asses after an inadvertent cell phone “butt dial” sent more than 30 gun-toting SWAT team members storming into a middle school looking for a hostage situation.
An administrative employee at the Carleton Washburne School in Winnetka, Ill., was listening to music while driving home after work Monday evening when his cell phone accidentally dialed his wife from his back pocket.
The wife answered but didn’t hear her husband. What she did hear, though, was enough to send her into a panic.
“He was listening to music and he had, I don’t know, hip-hop … or music like that, where there were lyrics that were gangster-like,” school Superintendent Mark Friedman told the Chicago Tribune. “So there were lyrics on the radio as he was driving home, and she listened to it and became concerned.”
Winnetka Police Chief Joseph De Lopez told the paper that the man’s cell phone called his wife because her number was stored as the last number that was dialed, and that what she heard on the other end ”led her to believe there was someone holding him hostage” in his office at the school.