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11-year-old boy calls 911 after mom takes away PS3

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Kids, take note: Your parents do have the right to discipline you.

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One tyke in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego decided to test this rule when he was upset with his mother's decision to take away his PlayStation 3. So upset, in fact, that he called 911 to get it straightened out.

The child, whose name has obviously not been released, had a day off from school thanks to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, reports The Oregonian. His mother told him to practice the piano, but apparently he wasn't in the mood.

[Related: 6-year-old calls 911 after mom's car crashes]

His resistance was ferocious, so to ensure he did what he was told, his mother took away the PS3, saying he would get it back only after he had practiced.

That's when he called the cops. Emergency operators heard his plea for justice and broke the cold, hard truth to him.

"Your mother can do that," they told the distraught boy.

Sadly, we don't know if the piano practice ever did occur — and whether he ever got the PS3 back after that stunt.

Believe it or not, this isn't the first time 911 operators have had to deal with video game crises (though it is the first time we've heard of a child going this far). In 2009, a mother in Boston called the emergency line to say she couldn't get her 14-year old son to stop playing games and go to sleep.

In that instance, police were actually dispatched, and convinced the boy to listen to his mother. A police spokesman at the time said the call "was a little unusual, but by no means is it surprising."

Last December, a pair of thieves shoplifted all sorts of merchandise (including games) from a Wisconsin Target. As they discussed their great criminal activities, however, one of them accidentally butt-dialed 911 — and law enforcement officials listened in on the entire conversation. When the criminal masterminds went to a local GameStop to sell their ill-gotten goods, the police were there waiting for them.

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