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Friday, February 23, 2018

A High School Student Faces Expulsion for Noticing the Square Root Symbol Looks Like a Gun No adults seem embarrassed by this reaction. They should be. What's really happening here... is administrative ass-covering. If something bad happened because they didn't treat this incident seriously, he says, then parents would get angry with him. It's reminiscent of how the TSA will freak out at any jokes about bombs or guns, yet has a terrible record for assessing risk at airports. Any suggestion that schools should adopt airport-like security absurd and self-defeating.





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I know some people have zero tolerance for math, but this is ridiculous.

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-02-24 12:40 AM | Reply

This is like the fools that want to take "man" out of everything. Now anything that looks like a gun is to be punished.

#2 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-24 08:33 AM | Reply

It takes a pretty wild imagination to think √ looks like a gun.

Now σ I could see an argument for.

Of course if you are a student the most fun in math is the "equal by definition" and the "proportional to" which make a pretty good approximation of penis and vagina.

#3 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-02-24 09:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

From the news reporting:

"The students were working together, and a student made a math symbol of a square root sign, which kind of looks like a pistol. And he was helping a weaker student, and the student says, 'Well, that looks like a pistol!' And he just made a comment [like] 'let's just get to work before I shoot you with a pistol," said Superintendent Doucet.

Gossip turned it into a rumor about the student plotting to carry out a mass shooting at Oberlin High School. The rumor warranted a search of the student's home for guns.

#4 | Posted by YAV at 2018-02-24 09:07 AM | Reply

We could get rid of all the radicals immediately, if it wasn't for those damn parenthesis...

#5 | Posted by horstngraben at 2018-02-24 10:05 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

I have seen Mike Cernovich use this very symbol.

Its the new symbol for the AltRight, invented by Chan4 .... be afraid!

#6 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-02-24 10:23 AM | Reply

Where's you apology, Andrea?

#7 | Posted by YAV at 2018-02-24 11:22 AM | Reply

I apologize for leaving the "r" out on the word "you" above.
(see? It's easy to apologize)

#8 | Posted by YAV at 2018-02-24 11:23 AM | Reply

OMG, we need to do away fir the INFINITY symbol { ∞ } looks like facing a double barrel shotgun! We must do away with that 'fer sure'! Or at least expel any fiend that uses it!

#9 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-02-25 05:40 PM | Reply

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