Feeds

SWAT team besieges Illinois school in 'butt dialling' incident

Touchscreen buttock hip-hop blabber SOS error

The essential guide to IT transformation

An Illinois man prompted a full-scale SWAT intervention on Monday afternoon by inadvertently "butt-dialling" his wife, who quickly became convinced the "garbled" call was evidence he was being held hostage.

The unnamed chap was driving home from his job at Carleton Washburne School in Winnetka when "his touch screen phone accidentally dialed his wife's number", as ABC puts it.

Winnetka Deputy Police Chief Patrick Kreis explained: "He was just talking to himself and the way the phone was positioned, it was somewhat muffled. She misunderstood him to be under duress."

The man's boss, school district co-superintendent Mark Friedman, elaborated: "He had the radio up and was listening to lyrics of hip-hop music or something like that, and she heard bits and pieces of it and misinterpreted the lyrics to think that he was in trouble."

Cue a 911 call and a 30-man SWAT cordon around Washburne School, which was unoccupied at the time apart from a few members of staff.

After a tense half hour, the drama ended without the need to storm the building. Kreis said: "The first indication that it might be a misunderstanding was 30 minutes after police were initially dispatched. He arrived home and his wife reported to us via 911 that he arrived home safely."

Armed operatives nonetheless searched the school for two hours as a precaution.

Friedman described his employee as "pretty devastated" and "shaken up" by his butt-dialling mishap. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine
Activists told NOT to snap pics of staff at the concrete doughnut
Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?
Rent control: Better than bombs at destroying housing
What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?
Stop bitching about firearms fees - we need computerisation
Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media
Rise of Twitter etc creates 'enormous challenges'
Redmond resists order to hand over overseas email
Court wanted peek as related to US investigation
Ex US cybersecurity czar guilty in child sex abuse website case
Health and Human Services IT security chief headed online to share vile images
NZ Justice Minister scalped as hacker leaks emails
Grab your popcorn: Subterfuge and slur disrupts election run up
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?