What Happened When A Fifth Grader Asked The Police For Homework Help

What Happened When A Fifth Grader Asked The Police For Homework Help



Lena Draper is 10-years-old. She really needed some help with homework one night. What did she do?

She decided to message the police department. The Marion, Ohio, student sent a message to her local police department's Facebook page last week, explaining that she was having trouble solving math problems.

Lt. B.J. Gruber, the officer who runs the Facebook page, decided to reach out.


“Do the numbers in the parenthesis first so in essence it would be 37 x 15,” the officer responded.


So the little girl decided to press on.


Gruber actually made a mistake in his response to the girl, says ABC News. The numbers in the second parentheses should be added and multiplied by 2, then the result is added to the numbers in the first parentheses.

Dear readers, we here at The Daily Buzz know you're having uncomfortable flashbacks to PEMDAS (Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction, otherwise known as "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally."). Respect the sacred order!

Gruber says he hopes he gets points for trying: “Hoping it is truly the thought that counts since apparently I cannot!” he told reporters. “Especially since the answer was wrong, it was very nice for Molly [Lena's mother] to acknowledge our attempt to help her daughter with some math homework.”

This isn't the end of Lena's contact with the officer. “Tomorrow he’ll be joining my daughter for lunch at school, and is bringing her an autographed shirt to commemorate their going viral,” Molly Draper said. “I am surprised, I thought it was just a goofy life moment to share with some friends, but it seems to really be striking a chord with people.”

To watch a news report of this adorable event, click to the next page!

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