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A Country Drowning in Stupid

Posted by V the K at 8:45 am - February 23, 2018.
Filed under: Liberal Mediocrity Sucks

Some high school students and Louisiana saw another student draw a square root symbol as part of a math problem. (Below). Thinking it resembled a gun, they flew into a panic and called police. Police went to the math student’s home and searched it. I am not making this up.

My actual favorite part of this story is how the reporter felt it necessary to explain, “the symbol, which represents a number that when multiplied by itself equals another number.”

You’ll be relieved to know the police found nothing more threatening than algebra homework. The student may still face disciplinary action at the school though. Update: The school is moving to expel the student who drew the square root symbol.

Oh, and some idiots in the Seattle area freaked out and called the media to report that a neighbor was flying a Confederate flag. It was the flag of Norway. I only wish I were making that up.



  1. My actual favorite part of this story is how the reporter felt it necessary to explain, “the symbol, which represents a number that when multiplied by itself equals another number.”

    Hear ya. That’s the conundrum of our times.

    Should we laugh or cry?

    Comment by Cyril J. — February 23, 2018 @ 9:07 am - February 23, 2018

  2. Ugh…I hope the Louisana family sues the applicable law enforcement agency that searched their home. There are plenty of frivolous lawsuits but one over a violation of Fourth Amendment rights is almost never wrong.

    Comment by RSG — February 23, 2018 @ 9:54 am - February 23, 2018

  3. ….called the media to report a Confederate flag…..

    Nice neighbors

    Comment by Niall — February 23, 2018 @ 10:19 am - February 23, 2018

  4. how is it that these students know to be terrified of anything that looks like a gun but don’t know what the square root sign is? could explain why we have fell from number one in the world in education to 24th. and we have the highest paid teachers in history.

    Comment by salg — February 23, 2018 @ 10:23 am - February 23, 2018

  5. Tis true, tis true – stupid is our age, and writ in large neon lights too. But we must never say the truth that stupid truly remains just plain old stupid. That would be mean of us, and show that we are ‘oppressive’.

    What wonders can we all expect as math is made feminist, and not racist too?

    Comment by Dav — February 23, 2018 @ 11:01 am - February 23, 2018

  6. The school moved to expel the student who REPORTED the square root symbol as looking like a gun. Just sayin’…

    Comment by Nash Montana — February 23, 2018 @ 11:20 am - February 23, 2018

  7. Yep, I really did have to read these links today because I just couldn’t believe it. Wow, we are so screwed…

    Comment by COFlyerCLE — February 23, 2018 @ 1:28 pm - February 23, 2018

  8. They searched his home and found …

    Weapons of math instruction

    Comment by Karl L — February 23, 2018 @ 2:14 pm - February 23, 2018

  9. But there are four lights. Four…

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — February 23, 2018 @ 2:44 pm - February 23, 2018

  10. There was also the case of the six-year-old kid in Colorado Springs who got suspended for pointing his index finger and saying “Bang, you’re dead” during recess. And the kid in Oregon who got suspended for wearing a “support our troops” shirt (it had a picture of an M4-type rifle on it). And the boy in Virginia who got suspended for playing with an Airsoft gun in his own yard, nowhere near school property.

    But Clock Boy got invited to the White House.

    Maybe the kid who drew the square root symbol should claim to be a Muslim.

    Comment by Tom — February 23, 2018 @ 4:13 pm - February 23, 2018

  11. Weapons of math instruction: I have a Hewlett Packard 32Sii and I’m not afraid to use it!

    Comment by The Gentle Grizzly — February 23, 2018 @ 5:36 pm - February 23, 2018

  12. Drew a picture that ‘resembled’ a gun? Man, back in my day (not oh so very long ago) we drew, and used, actual guns. Maybe my whole generation should be in jail. Wait, isn’t that what the Coalition of the Insane wants?

    Comment by Blair Ivey — February 23, 2018 @ 6:32 pm - February 23, 2018

  13. Sorry, I misspoke. I meant to say ‘Confederacy of Dunces’.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — February 23, 2018 @ 6:36 pm - February 23, 2018

  14. Math is a construct of old, dead, white, racist men. It must be eliminated. #mathfreezone

    Comment by Nuke Road Warrior — February 23, 2018 @ 6:42 pm - February 23, 2018

  15. VtK: Please correct – Nash @6 is correct.

    The story is ludicrous enough w/o the typo. I’m beginning to think our police are pursuing the British constables in the race to uselessness. Pretty soon they’ll be spending their time policing twitter while crimes are committed w/o relief.

    How can we spend $100K++ educating students for 12 years and yet cops and teachers fail to identity a square root symbols. God forbid the kid would draw an inequality symbol and raise the ire of the Human Rights Campaign.

    As Mark Steyn says, a society can become too stupid to survive. Which reminds me of this:

    Watch the video – you only have to wait for a few seconds for the punchline.

    Comment by KCRob — February 23, 2018 @ 7:03 pm - February 23, 2018

  16. It’s obvious to me that we demand Norway change its flag to avoid triggering people.

    And don’t get me started on flags with a cross on them (Sweden, Finland, etc)… and the Union Jack – St George was a crusader for Gaia’s sake!

    Where’s my safe space?

    Comment by KCRob — February 23, 2018 @ 7:12 pm - February 23, 2018

  17. If our genius guardians of virtue freak out at the sight of a Norway flag mistaken for a Confederate flag, then how come the same geniuses don’t suffer an unrecoverable heart attack at the sight of the Nazi flags they compulsively project 24/7 on whoever happens to disagree with them about whatever?

    Comment by Cyril J. — February 23, 2018 @ 10:23 pm - February 23, 2018

  18. @17

    That must be some sort of unelucidated wonder of peoplekind’s metabolism(?!)

    Comment by Cyril J. — February 23, 2018 @ 10:26 pm - February 23, 2018

  19. @4

    In SJW math, I suspect the Greek alphabet has to be amended in a peculiar way, to remain compliant with the paradigm —

    all of the 23 unacceptable hate letters have to go, in order to make enough safe space for the only PC one:


    Comment by Cyril J. — February 23, 2018 @ 10:40 pm - February 23, 2018

  20. 4 deputies outside the school when the police arrived.

    This is too much. We are now in the realm of conspiracy.

    Comment by Lobogris — February 23, 2018 @ 10:50 pm - February 23, 2018

  21. @20 look into sheriff Israel. it might explain a lot.

    Comment by salg — February 24, 2018 @ 1:22 am - February 24, 2018

  22. Wait…I am confused…which one is getting expelled? The one who said it looked like a pistol or the one who made the lame math joke? Neither one should be.

    Comment by TADFORD — February 24, 2018 @ 4:29 am - February 24, 2018

  23. Ah yes….. the age of hysteria and hyperbole. I miss Sargent Friday…… “all we want are the facts, ma’mm.”

    Comment by Rex — February 24, 2018 @ 8:35 am - February 24, 2018

  24. @20 and 21, that sheriff has been photographed with Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    It is not unusual for local public officials to greet visiting VIP’s and political candidates, but there don’t seem to be a lot of pictures of Sheriff Israel shaking hands with Trump, Bush, Ted Cruz, or Marco Rubio.

    And now there are reports that the Coral Springs (city) police ran into the building while the Broward County deputies waited outside.

    Maybe the sheriff’s department received the memo from the DNC, but the city police department didn’t.

    Comment by Tom — February 24, 2018 @ 9:57 am - February 24, 2018

  25. @5 Dav – try to keep up.

    Comment by KCRob — February 24, 2018 @ 11:39 am - February 24, 2018

  26. square root signs are a like a gateway drug, a basis to higher mathematical THOUGHT. Zero tolerance policy is an attempt to brainwash kids into unTHINKing panic at the very idea of a self defensive, equalizing, anti-bullying TOOL – the fear of which deters way more crime than the police do (see: crime rates in gun controlled cities).

    We should have a “freedom of education” amendment, prohibiting any government involvement in education other than issuing vouchers to the parents of any kid who can pass a standardized test each year, regardless of how they are taught.

    A homeschooling mom with a couple kids could get off welfare with that money, right? It’d work better with a husbands help, right? But dumb people might be better off not having kids, right?

    Best of all, the idea could be extended to Colleges – no govt money or involvement, except for administering standardized tests, regardless of how the knowledge was gained.

    Education is the biggest item in many local govt expenses, and about 80% of that is payroll to some of the WORST influences on kids.

    Comment by joe — February 24, 2018 @ 3:54 pm - February 24, 2018

  27. It’s a radical symbol (not only squares but 3rd, 4th, etc. roots). And I suppose that itself is appropriate enough.

    Comment by Ignatius — February 24, 2018 @ 8:34 pm - February 24, 2018

  28. Is it just me? I see the media pulling out the stops to cover up what exacly happened in Florida. To the point of throwing out whatever anti-bias they’ve tried to pretend they don’t have. It looks like an organized operation. Or contingency plan, if you will.

    Besides being Fascists…what exactly are they hiding or doing their very utmost to deflect from?

    Comment by Lobogris — February 24, 2018 @ 8:46 pm - February 24, 2018

  29. “9.But there are four lights. Four…”

    not in common core math

    OT:What is with these people and cakes?

    Gays now don’t want others to have cake celebrating babies

    Comment by Steve — February 24, 2018 @ 10:53 pm - February 24, 2018

  30. “20.4 deputies outside the school when the police arrived.

    This is too much. We are now in the realm of conspiracy”

    There have always been cowards, but at least they are diverse. The cowardly moslem deputy trains moslems to shoot for CAIR.

    With ancient greeks it was
    ““Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.” ― Heraclitus

    This statistical narrative falls in line with the US Revolution, where 3% were the firebrands and active pushers. 33% was Loyalist. 33% was moderate or stuck on the fence looking. 33% was slightly in support

    Comment by Steve — February 24, 2018 @ 10:57 pm - February 24, 2018

  31. If Lady Liberty could speak, she would be quoting Shakespeare: “Now is the Winter of our discontent”

    Comment by fortdixmike — February 25, 2018 @ 4:33 am - February 25, 2018

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  33. I was thinking more, “…Three generations of imbiciles is enough.”
    Generation-X, Generation-Y and Generation Tide-Pod.

    Comment by Ted Bunker (Charging Rhino) — February 25, 2018 @ 10:48 am - February 25, 2018

  34. 29. Steve, this wasn’t cowardice. As information, in drips and drabs, comes out, it looks like a massive corrupt city and county bureaucracy. I am also including the FBI in that statement. I would also think that it goes without saying that our “free press” is totally involved in helping to deflect and cover up for failed Democrat policies.

    Realm of conspiracy. It smells like a planned operation. I can’t even say if I hope it was complete incompetence because I don’t know which one would be worse.

    Comment by Lobogris — February 25, 2018 @ 12:08 pm - February 25, 2018

  35. @33 – Holmes had a point.

    @34 – Remember back to St Trayvon’s martyrdom… it happens that his criminal offenses were repeatedly covered up by the school system and looks as if /murderers-name-here/’s problems were “minimized” as well.

    It used to be that schools were responsible for teaching; now we’ve made them responsible for raising, feeding, counseling, medicating, and indoctrination and they’re not very good at it.

    Comment by KCRob — February 25, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - February 25, 2018

  36. Decentralize the schools. They are way to consolidated and to many students to know what the heck is going on. The old neighborhood schools where parents knew each other and were a community of sorts had a lot to do with stability in those days.A large campus of students in a gun free zone is like a dream to a psycho with guns, or cars, or knives etc….

    Comment by Rex — February 25, 2018 @ 3:04 pm - February 25, 2018

  37. 35. KCRob. We’re seeing that here. The city and schools are hiding things. Every other day there is gunfire. No sirens. No reports in newspaper. I thought maybe it was something else, but friends in a town not too far from us started talking about the same thing in their town. We’ve know for awhile the schools have been hiding things. The city helps. The only bright spot is the teachers are armed and more and more people with children in the schools are realizing things are not good and getting worse.

    Comment by Lobogris — February 25, 2018 @ 4:27 pm - February 25, 2018

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