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This 5th-Grader Asked Police for Help With Her Math Homework

An Ohio girl asked the Marion Police Department to help her with her homework.

10-year-old Lena Draper was stumped by her math homework, so she sent a message to the police department's Facebook page Saturday. Lt. B.J. Gruber responded to the request a few hours later. Unfortunately, as some Facebook users pointed out, the officer's advice turned out to be wrong. 

When Gruber asked what Lena needed help with, she said, "Well I don't understand (8+29)x15." Gruber says he reached back into his memory and told her, "Do the numbers in the parentheses first so in essence it would be 37 x 15."

He was right on that one, but he mistakenly told her to add first before multiplying on a second question. He says he answers 5 to 8 messages a day, but has never gotten a request like Lena’s. The girl’s mother says she didn’t believe her daughter at first, when she told her a police officer was helping her with her math homework.

Lena's request has gone viral, showing up on several national news outlets. Her mother says the girl's "a bit overwhelmed, but absolutely loving it."

Source: Daily Mail