(PJMedia) Students at the Oberlin High School in Oberlin, La., caused an uproar when they spread rumors about a boy who had joked about a square root symbol looking like a gun.
A joke quickly became a tall tale that claimed this boy had planned to attack the school with guns and bombs.
The Allen Parish Sheriff's office responded to a call from KPLC, saying they had received an anonymous tip claiming there was going to be a major shooting involving the jokester.
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The Lexington Herald-Leader spread the panic further, reporting that a student's house was searched over a math problem.