Insanity: Police called to Louisiana high school because of square-root symbol

Americans really are getting dumber.

Oberlin High School is a public school in Oberlin, Allen Parish, Louisiana, with an enrollment of 290 students, 50% of whom are “minorities” and 57% “economically disadvantaged”. The students are rated 54% and 75% in mathematics and English proficiency, respectively.

Scott Berson reports for the Miami Herald that on February 20, 2018, a discussion among students at Oberlin High School about the square-root mathematical symbol led to the police being called to investigate “terroristic threats”.

A student had been completing a math problem that required drawing the square-root sign. (The square root of a number X is a number Y, which, when multiplied by itself (Y x Y), equals the number X.)

Other students in the group commented that the symbol looked like a gun. Another student said something that, according to the sheriff’s office, could have sounded like a threat out of context.

So the school called the police, who searched one of the students’ home, where they found neither guns nor any evidence that the student had any access to guns. Nor did the police find any evidence that the student had any intent to commit harm.

The Sheriff’s Office concluded that “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.”

Nevertheless, the school board had been contacted to determine any disciplinary action for the student.

Lori Lemons is the principal of Oberlin High School:

Phone: (337) 639-4341
Fax: (337) 639-2508

H/t FOTM‘s Bongiornoc


35 responses to “Insanity: Police called to Louisiana high school because of square-root symbol

  1. Looks like a gun?! I guess they scored zero% in visual acuity.

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  2. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Oh! Boy.


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  3. “Another student said something that, according to the sheriff’s office, could have sounded like a threat out of context.”

    Quite the opposites: One school is calling the police for possibly dangerous words pulled out of context. Multiple government agencies can’t figure out how to monitor a mentally unfit teenager who made specific verbal/physical threats.

    Up is down and down is up.

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  4. “Dumb and dumber,” “stoopeed and stoopeeder,” – where does it stop? Now a number of companies are also disassociating themselves with the NRA because of whiners whining; among them, Enterprise car rentals, Hertz, SimpliSafe security systems, Symantec, Avis, etc. Time for NRA supporters and members, patriots and those who stand for the right to keep and bear arms to start boycotting these companies! Not one more cent from my pocket will go to these companies. Idiots!

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    • Pat Riot . . . . I saw the long list of those who oppose standing with the NRA, and I was fit to be tied. Many of them are entities that I would not use anyway, so I cannot get back at them by not patronizing them . . . which leaves me really, really mad.

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  5. The goobermint agent “educators” are as stoopid as the sheeple students.

    LOL – Good thing the kid didn’t say the word “niggardly,” else they would have locked down the place for three days while they put him on the rack.

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    • “If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.” Cardinal Richelieu was being a wise guy, I’m sure, but this paranoid mentality has become a feature of the leftist mind.

      Your point is critical to understanding the broader reality underlying these events, which is that the weighing of the relative risk by reasonable adults in these everyday events has been replaced by an primitive decision process characteristic of the abuses of last century’s communist regimes. It starts somewhere and this is it.

      The total state like ours is always paranoid because it’s not legitimate, and Richelieu’s solution was to violently shut people down in the bud of awareness rather than deal with organized opposition later on, which is just what this using of students’ safety as a pretext for intimidation is all about.

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    • Dave . . . . that was good for a laugh, however it seems all together to true. I would think that those teachers who can teach elsewhere would do so, due to the horrid fact that having to teach students that boarder on being morons doesn’t do much for one’s self esteem. Which leads me to believe that those who teach in these horribly low scoring schools, are probably individuals who are not to far on the bright side themselves.

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  6. When the Dumb teach = you’ll get Dumbers.. And when they then become adult and teach = you get “Even Dumbers.” And from there on “dumbness” feeds on itself until you get = “the Point.” Lemons in every sense of the word..

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  7. Of course, ultimately, this is training the little darlings to go to an “authority” and ask what they’re supposed to think before they do or say anything. It’s working.

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  8. Reblogged this on On the Patio and commented:

    No! No! That’s not a gun … its a bulldozer. Oh! Wait! If you turn it this way it’s a house with a rain gutter! What do you think? Kinda like a new Rorschach test. Totally insane!

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  9. So much for freedom of speech. What a bunch of idiots. Or worse. Is this all part of the plan to confiscate privately owned weapons. Antifa-types using fascist tactics to create a fascist government? Who’s insane here?

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  10. Inroads to erode the 1st amendment with enough of this conditioning we will succumb to searches and raids to the home to be the norm. Have you noticed the sitcoms running most all the police shows that are on in most of the cases they violate the rights of people in question. Like they are conditioning us to accept it as the norm and roll over. It’s the little boy crying wolf and after enough of it they will just abuse the system against the populace of this country. the means justify the end for the good of the comrades.

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    • Brian . . . . Well Said! I do not doubt that tv shows, movies, music, etc. are all used to condition generations of people . . . and to accept whatever they portray as “business as usual.”

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  11. One can only imagine what these idiots would see if they did that ” ink blot test ” …..Sorry , I forget the technical name of it .

    I guess the school will be banning this symbol pretty soon !!!

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  13. Guns don’t kill people: public schools kill people (spiritually, intellectually and physically).

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    • Tim Shey . . . Those are excellent points. The public schools of my day, are definitely a thing of the past. Heaven help the poor parents who cannot home school, or cannot afford private school. They will end up with children who have been severely indoctrinated!

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  14. To me, the square root symbol is the round hole at the end of my gun!

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  15. These freaks can’t wait for total, totalitarian control of everything. She sees a flag and gets “triggered”. What a wus:

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    • lophatt . . . Bravo! You never seem to disappoint in what you come up with. I would say Rebecca Morris, one of New York Time’s best selling authors . . . should be lashed 50 times with a wet noodle. How embarrassing that she is this stupid that she would see a Norwegian Flag, and think it was a Confederate Flag. There is definitely something missing in her education.

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  17. It’s kind of like reality is just becoming one big series of Rorschach blots.

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  18. I think the teacher should be arrested for not correcting the stupid students who didn’t even know what the square root sign was.
    Just like the other incidents, where a student got in trouble for biting a pop tart into a gun shape, or a girl who had a Hello Kitty bubble gun that shot bubbles.
    These fools are being “afraid” of the wrong things, why aren’t they afraid of the evil behind the gun control agendas?
    My favorite T shirt said, “And then Satan said, “Put the alphabet in in math”
    Yes we need more illegal immigrants so they can make our country like theirs. Thanks Georgie!

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