Student Investigated After Comparing Radical Symbol to Gun
While it's nice to see local police taking school security seriously in the wake of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting, things are starting to take a turn for the absurd.
Earlier this week, police searched the home of a student at Oberlin High School in Allen Parish, Louisiana after he reportedly compared a mathematical symbol to a gun.
KATC-TV reports that the student was watching a classmate complete a math problem, and remarked that the radical symbol looked like a gun. Other students reportedly made similar comments, but school officials and police believed this particular student's remark constituted a potential threat.
Investigators said no weapons were found in the student's home, and didn't appear he had access to any firearms or any violent intentions.
The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office posted a statement to Facebook reading, "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."
Earlier this week, police presence was increased at both North Belton Middle School in Temple and S C Lee Jr High in Copperas Cove after threats were reportedly made toward both campuses. The social media threat against North Belton Middle School was later determined to have been a joke in poor taste posted by a 14-year-old girl.
On Wednesday, Temple High School was placed first on a hard lockdown, then a soft lockdown after a suspicious bag was found on campus.