Police Called Because Student Said That A Math Symbol Looked Like a Gun

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Louisiana: Police were called to Oberlin High School last week after a student suggested that a “math symbol looked like a gun.” The comment fueled concern that the student was making a terrorist threat. Police searched the student’s home, and there were no guns found. -GEG

Police were called to Louisiana’s Oberlin High School on February 20 after a student suggested that a “math symbol looked like a gun.”

The incident occurred approximately one week after 17 people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The Sacramento Bee reported that the symbol was widely discussed and one student’s comments that the square root symbol “looked like a gun” fueled speculation of a “terroristic threat.”

Police went to the student’s home and searched it but found “no guns or any evidence that he had any access to guns.” Moreover, the Bee indicated they found “no evidence the student had any intent to commit harm.”

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