Officers respond to Facebook message, provide homework help

Recently, an OH fifth grader contacted the police for homework help - and, delightfully, the police responded, coaching her through the basic order of operations rules.

After asking for assistance, Marion Police Dept. Lt. B.J. Gruber, who is in charge of running the page, responded to the request with, "Ok with what?"

But it is fair to say, no police officer expects that trouble to be related to the complexities of a 10-year-old's maths homework.

"Do the numbers in the parenthesis first so in essence it would be 37 x 15", Gruber responded.

The little girl then asked the officer another hard question.

Lena asked him for the solution of (90+27)+(29+15) x2.

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"I am so happy that she messaged me that day because the bigger picture is highlighting the importance of what we see here today", said Gruber. "Work left to right doing the work inside [the] parenthesis first".

"I was happy, but not surprised that they responded so quickly", Draper said.

"They are wonderful with their communication with the community", she said.

But, if we're going to be pedantic, he did actually get the final answer wrong. And a friend of hers pointed out something of a mathematical misdemeanor: the order of operation in the officer's reply was actually incorrect.

(Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication & Division, Addition and Subtraction).

Other Facebook users also admired the officer's gesture.

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"Hoping it is truly the thought that counts since apparently I can not!" he told CBS.

A precocious fifth-grade girl in Marion, Ohio turned to her local police for help with math homework - and not only did the police respond, but they attempted to guide her through her equation.

"My daughter. Cause... she's my daughter", Draper wrote.

Draper said she had a fun Facebook exchange with the police last summer, which is how her daughter came up with the idea to reach out to the department for homework help.

Gruber explained he was manning the department's social media account when she got a message from Lena: "I'm having trouble with my homework".

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