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Is this a great interaction using social media or what?
Molly Draper's 10-year-old daughter Lena, sent a message to the Marion, Ohio, Police Department’s Facebook page explaining that she was having trouble with her fifth-grade math assignment.
Instead of turning her away, Draper says Marion PD Lt. B.J. Gruber, the officer who runs the page, simply responded, “Ok with what?”
Lena: “Well I don’t understand (8+29) x 15?
MPD: “Do the numbers in the parenthesis first so in essence, it would be 37 x 15”
Lena: “Ok now if I had this (90+27)+(29+15) x 2”
MPD: “Take the answer from the first parenthesis plus the answer from the second parenthesis and multiply that answer by two.”
Unfortunately, as some Facebook users pointed out, some of the officer’s guidance turned out to be incorrect.
“Order of operations... PEMDAS! (Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication & Division, Addition and Subtraction). For future reference,” one Facebook user said, referring to the officer’s second answer.
Lena's mom Molly posted below screen shots with her friends thanking and tagging Marion PD, who then replied to Molly, “Happy to offer her some help. Next time we will use one of our “lifelines” for the math questions,” the department wrote. “Thanks for the kind comments. We love Marion but especially true with our kids. Have a great rest of the weekend!”
Even though the second answer turned out to be incorrect, LT Gruber is hoping people will give him an “A” for effort.
“Hoping it is truly the thought that counts since apparently I cannot!” he joked. “Especially since the answer was wrong, it was very nice for Molly to acknowledge our attempt to help her daughter with some math homework.”