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A student was investigated by police after saying a square root symbol looks like a gun


WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- A student in Louisiana compared a square root sign to a gun while solving a math problem at his high school. His attempt at a joke caused police to investigate his home.

Police say the comments made by the student were interpreted as possible terrorist threats. It was later discovered that the comments were simply taken out of context, according to KRON.

Allen Parish Sheriff's Office, the department that responded to this incident, warned parents to talk with their kids about making comments regarding violence or guns.

"I urge all parents to talk with your children and explain to them that in these times of heightened alert, comments of violence or suggestions of doing harm to others, even in jest, are not only inappropriate but will result in an law enforcement investigation," the police department said in a Facebook post. "There is simply no place for any actions that result in panic or fear, however unintenional."

Police came to the conclusion that the student has no intentions of causing any violence at his school.

Despite this determination, disciplinary action against the student is still being decided.

The Daily Mail reports that a new policy in Louisiana requires students talking about guns or school shootings to be investigated by the school board, the sheriff's department and the district attorney's office.

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