Police were called to Louisiana’s Oberlin High School on February 20 after a student suggested that a “math symbol looked like a gun.”
The incident occurred approximately one week after 17 people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The Sacramento Bee reported that the symbol was widely discussed and one student’s comments that the square root symbol “looked like a gun” fueled speculation of a “terroristic threat.”
Police went to the student’s home and searched it but found “no guns or any evidence that he had any access to guns.” Moreover, the Bee indicated they found “no evidence the student had any intent to commit harm.”
The Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office observed, “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.”
I fully understand that there was just a terrible massacre in Florida involving guns and children, but does this seem like overkill to anyone else? It’s very remnant of the child who, years ago, bit his toast into the shape of a “gun,” pointed it at a girl and said “bang.” He was like 7-year-old, and he was just playing. He was expelled. There is a line between being cautious and being stupid. We’re drastically close to crossing it.