This wasn't the lesson she was going for.
A Florida mother was arrested Tuesday after allegedly calling 911 and asking officers to "come out and scare the sh*t out of my kids," WKMG reported.
Dispatchers say Melissa Townsend, of Brevard County, explained that her kids, ages 1 and 3, were "not listening to me and they need to learn respect and they need to learn people in law enforcement and otherwise are to have authority. They need to learn that lesson."
The dispatcher replied, "We don't come out and scare kids," and when police responded to the call, they say the 27-year-old mother was drunk and kicked an officer in the crotch several times.
Townsend was taken into custody, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, and charged with child neglect, battery on an officer, resisting an officer without violence, and three counts of probation violation.
Townsend is not the first person who police say has misunderstood the use of the 911 line. In September, Robert Hagerman of Tampa, Fla. allegedly called the cops after his daughter refused to buy him a beer.
That same month, Mark Welch -- also a Floridian -- allegedly dialed 911 not once, but twice, to report that his dreams were becoming reality.
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