From an early age, we teach our kids to go to the police if they're ever in danger. We hope they never find themselves in such a situation, but sometimes things happen that are out of our control.
We can't imagine what was going through Ohio mom Molly Draper's head when she learned her daughter, Lena, had sent a Facebook message to the Marion, Ohio Police Department asking for help--with math homework!
When the 10-year-old first messaged the police department, she got an automated response telling her to call 911 if there was an emergency because the department's Facebook account was not monitored 24/7. The story might have been over there had no one responded, but an officer took the "To Protect and to Serve" motto to heart and asked the girl what the problem was.
"I need a little help with my homework," she wrote back. "I don't understand (8+29)x15," she typed. And Dept. Lt. B.J. Gruber, the officer in charge of the Facebook page, walked her through the problem
From there, things got a bit trickier. Lena gave Officer Gruber another math problem that had her stumped. "OK, now if I had this: (90+27)+(29+15)x2, which [expression] would I do first." This is where even the officer got a bit mixed up, so even though his instructions weren't correct, we still give him an "A" for effort!
“Hoping it is truly the thought that counts since apparently I cannot!” he joked in a post on the police department's Facebook “Maybe should have mentioned that history was my favorite subject before answering. Well, we know now!"
It looks like Lena and Officer Gruber will get to stay pals!
“Tomorrow he’ll be joining my daughter for lunch at school, and is bringing her an autographed shirt to commemorate their going viral,” 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.”
More of this, please!