A discussion between high school students about the mathematical symbol for the square root led to a police investigation after one of the students stated that the symbol “looked like a gun.”
The Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office stated that a report of terroristic threats led them to search the home of one of the students involved on February 20, whereupon they found that a student had been completing a math problem that required him to draw the sign.
According to the KATC, students in the discussion group commented on the symbol, and noted that it looked like a firearm. After several similar comments, one student made a statement that “could have sounded like a threat out of context,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Police who searched the student’s home found no guns or evidence he had access to any firearms, adding that there was no evidence he intended to commit harm to anyone.
“The student used extremely poor judgment in making the comment, but in light of the actual circumstances, there was clearly no evidence to support criminal charges,” the sheriff’s department wrote on Facebook. They noted that the school board was contacted to determine if the student would face any disciplinary action.
The investigation occurred a few days after a gunman opened fire in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, killing 17 and wounding 14—a situation that may have led to the sheriff’s department’s hypervigilant response.
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