Girl sends tricky maths homework to police and gets surprising response

This. Is. AWESOME! Sometimes, you just need a little help.

When a fifth grader came across a hard math homework problem, she treated it like an emergency - and enlisted help from local police to solve it. OH resident Lena Draper reached out to the Marion Police Department via Facebook message with her plea, and they quickly came to her aid.

What unfolded was both hilarious and awesome!

"The fact that I gave her a wrong answer was kind of tough", Gruber laughed. The post went viral, with more than 2,100 shares.

"I'm having trouble with my math homework", the young girl asked.

She shared the math problem she was struggling with."Well I don't understand (8+29) x15".

"Take the answer from the first parenthesis plus the answer from the second parenthesis and multiply that answer times two", Gruber explained.

"I was happy, but not surprised that they responded so quickly", Draper told CBS News. She praised the police department for "truly building relationships with the community".

Marion Police helped a Heritage Elementary student with her math homework and the resulting attention is, well, adding up. "We loved Marion but especially true with our kids..."

An Ohio 10-year-old needed help with her math homework, so she turned to her local boys in blue.

Gruber was good-natured about the mistake: "Hoping it is truly the thought that counts since apparently I can not!"

In response to the incident, the Marion police department posted on its Facebook page that it is a full-service police department that makes every emergency a cause to be answered.

Despite the mistake Draper's mother was thankful to the officer for helping her daughter get through her the assignment.

  • Larry Hoffman