Honestly, you can't make this stuff up. A student at a Louisiana high school was investigated by authorities because some dolts felt the square-root symbol resembled a handgun.
In late February police searched the home of a high school student because he made a comment while using the square-root symbol when helping a classmate solve a math problem. The comment - which one source described as a bad joke taken out of context to an extreme - prompted gossip that sent authorities to search for guns at the student's home.
Not only were no guns found, but it was also discovered that the student didn't even have access to any guns of any kind.
This is the kind of paranoid, uninformed, under-educated world we live in, where gossiping teenagers can misinterpret a mathematical symbol and a bad joke as a potential school shooter precursor. Evidently, the failure of the partnership between our education system and parents has led to a complete failure in instilling critical thinking skills in our children.
Perhaps if we stop teaching our kids what to think and returned to teaching them how to think - and maybe if parents made sure their little darlings were sent to school with the understanding that they had to behave, pay attention and apply themselves to the learning process instead of treating it as a daily social event - we wouldn't have stupidity reigning supreme!
The fact that this student even knew what a square-root symbol was and how to use it should be something to applaud. Instead, the police searched his house for weapons because we, as a society, are okay with reacting to the lowest common denominator.