Christmas crisis

Girl accidentally touches Elf on the Shelf, calls 911 in panic

(The Elf on the Shelf)

A 7-year-old New Jersey girl made a panicked call to 911 after she accidentally touched her Elf on the Shelf, a hugely popular Christmas-themed toy. According to a book that accompanies each doll, the Elf on the Shelf loses its magic if it is touched — a story that prompted little Izzy LaPeruta to believe that she had ruined Christmas by inadvertently hitting her Elf with a ball. In her moment of crisis, she tried to call her father, but dialed 911 instead. “Don’t come to my house!” Izzy told the operator when she realized her mistake. “Don’t!”

Police are required to respond to all 911 calls made by children, so an officer visited the LaPeruta home despite the girl’s pleas. When Izzy’s mother woke up from a nap, she found her daughter trying to shoo the officer out of the house. “I think she knows not to call 911 unless it’s an emergency,” Lynanne LaPeruta said.

Fortunately, the officer was sympathetic to Izzy’s plight. “Isabelle apologized,” he radioed back to headquarters. “She touched the Elf on a Shelf. She won’t call 911 again.” And really, who could blame Izzy for thinking she had gotten into trouble with Santa? As the famous jingle goes: “You better watch out, you better not cry, you better resist all your natural impulses and refrain from touching this elf toy.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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