School Shooting Hysteria: Student’s Home Searched because Math Symbol

The students talked about the square root symbol looking like a gun and the school shooting hysteria kicked in.

While Broward County cowardice, incompetence, and/or corruption is upsetting, so is school shooting hysteria. This student was cleared because his family didn’t own any guns. But what if the parents had been gun owners? Would that mean the student would still be under arrest?

We need law enforcers to be rational as well as watchful. Is that too much to ask?

The Miami-Herald reports, “Students in Louisiana thought this math symbol looked like a gun. Police were called.

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Students in the group began commenting that the symbol, which represents a number that when multiplied by itself equals another number, looked like a gun.


After several students made comments along those lines, another student said something the sheriff’s office said could have sounded like a threat out of context.

Police searched the student’s home, where they found no guns or any evidence that he had any access to guns. Authorities also wrote there was no evidence the student had any intent to commit harm.

But while the report says the Sheriff’s office cleared the student, their letter added, “that the school board had been contacted to determine any disciplinary action for the student.”


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