Cop Saves 10-Year-Old Girl ... From Homework Emergency
Lena Draper went to the police with a tough math question last week
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2017 1:03 PM CST
Ohio policeman takes on math parentheticals.   (Getty Images/artisteer)

(Newser) – When you're 10 years old, a tough math question can definitely feel like a life-or-death emergency. So when Ohio fifth-grader Lena Draper couldn't figure out the answer to (8 + 29) x 15, she turned to the Marion Police Department. "I'm having trouble with my homework," ABC News reports Lena messaged the department Friday on Facebook. Despite being "more of a history, civics, and social studies kind of guy," Lt. BJ Gruber got back to her, correctly telling her to "do the numbers in the parenthesis first," according to CNN. Even though Gruber flubbed the answer to Lena's second, tougher question, Lena's mom says she loves that he was there to help. Gruber admits the department has never received a request for homework help before.

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