The Square Root Of Idiocy

An Ohio student was suspended from school and investigated by police after he said a square root sign looked like a gun.

The Allen Parish Sheriff’s Department responded to a comment that an Oberlin High School student made about the square root symbol looking like a gun.

Allen Parish School District Superintendent Michael Doucet explained that it was a poorly judged quip between one student to another in a math class.

“A student made a math symbol of a square root sign, which kind of looks like a pistol. And he was helping a weaker student, and the student says, ‘Well, that looks like a pistol!’ And he just made a comment [like] ‘let’s just get to work before I shoot you with a pistol,” said Superintendent Doucet.

Gossip turned it into a rumor about the student plotting to carry out a mass shooting at Oberlin High School. The rumor warranted a search of the student’s home for guns.

So wait, gossip-turned-rumor is enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant in Ohio? Are you f**king kidding me?

“He did not commit a crime. He did not commit anything remotely criminal, nothing to remotely suggest any intent to do actual harm,” said Hebert.

In response, the school board set a new policy. Any student accused of talking about guns or school shootings will be investigated by three entities: the school board, the sheriff’s department, and the district attorney’s office.

While the student has been completely exonerated by police, Oberlin High School is still banning him from the school. These kinds of Draconian measures will eventually result in an expensive lawsuit.

7 thoughts on “The Square Root Of Idiocy

  1. Time for the politicians to put their money where their mouth is. They want all this unicorn and rainbow stuff when it comes to guns and school safety. Well it ain’t going to be cheap.

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  2. Uh, Wyatt… that incident occurred in Louisiana. The clue is the use of “Parish” instead of “County.” As much as I hate to point blame to my brother’s state, they do have their mentally challenged inhabitants as well as Ohio.

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      1. I think they just congregate there. But occasionally they meander over to Texas, usually Austin or Houston, then create a fuss of some sort that gives the rest of us a bad reputation. Perhaps that “weaker student” just got lost on his way.

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  3. In 1999, shortly after the Columbine shootings, I was talking to a friend, I said the word “bullet” in conversion, the teacher heard it and after class was over, I was called down to the principals office. The Collingswood police had the hallways blocked off and where searching my regular locker, gym locker, and shop locker. Of course they didn’t find anything but I was still suspended for two weeks, banned from prom and I wasn’t allowed to walk in graduation.

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  4. More and more encroachment in our daily lives by the government and it’s entities. At some point, innocent people are not going to speak up in regard to see something, say something and the crazies are going to stop talking completely and just put their nut job plans into action. The US is well on its way to a Banana Republic.

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