A discussion among students at Oberlin High School in Oberlin, Louisiana began with the observation that the square root symbol resembles a gun and ended with police searching a students home for weapons.
Police were called to the school on February 20 after a student working on a math problem involving the square root symbol led to talk of the symbol looking like a gun - and that is when another student allegedly made a terroristic threat that school officials believed warranted police intervention.
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.
“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,” the department wrote, adding that the school board had been contacted to determine any disciplinary action for the student.
U.S. schools have witnessed an uptick in terroristic threats following the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead.
The mass shooting sparked a wave of reported threats against other schools across the country — threats that are still coming in by the day and have set local parents, students and emergency officials on high alert.
In the Miami area alone, school threats jumped from one a week to as many as 50 a day, the Miami Herald reported.