Louisiana: Mass hysteria erupts over square root symbol

Louisiana: Mass hysteria erupts over square root symbol
See something, shriek wildly. (Image: Screen grab of YouTube video)

[Ed. – OK, so, it is Louisiana.]

Students at the Oberlin High School in Oberlin, La., caused an uproar when they spread rumors about a boy who had joked about a square root symbol looking like a gun. A joke quickly became a tall tale that claimed this boy had planned to attack the school with guns and bombs. The Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from KPLC, saying they had received an anonymous tip claiming there was going to be a major shooting involving the jokester. …

Sheriff Doug Hebert told PJM … “I got a call from a KPLC that they had a serious threat of a shooting at the school, so we went to the house to verify. There was no search warrant, we just sent two [deputies] to knock on the door,” chuckled Hebert. “This is a small parish and everybody knows everybody and we found out very quickly there was no crime and no threat.”

In spite of that declaration, the student is facing expulsion. In the wake of the shooting in Florida the school board set a new policy. According to KATC, “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.”

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