For young students, mathematics often seems impossible to figure out. Even if you’re lucky enough to enlist in the assistance of your own tutor, you get extra help after school, or you have a mathematically inclined parent, you’ll find there’s always another set of numbers and equations hellbent on confusing you the next day.

Of course, nothing’s more embarrassing than admitting all of this to your actual teacher. In times like these, who can you turn to for help?

The police, apparently. When one fifth-grader found herself struggling to answer a math problem, she took to her local police department’s Facebook hotline for help. Surprisingly, an officer responded…

Fifth-grader Lena Draper of Marion, Ohio was desperately stuck on a problem while doing her math homework. So she did what any 10-year-old in distress would do: she wrote to the local police!

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Lieutenant B.J. Gruber, who was in charge of the page, could’ve ignored her request. But he swore an oath to serve and protect…

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Lena’s mother, Molly, thought the whole thing was hilarious. “I didn’t believe her and asked for a screenshot,” Molly said. “I thought it was pretty funny. And I love that they went ahead with it.”

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But when Lena asked a more complex question, even Lieutenant Gruber slipped up…
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Later, after being told that he got the answer wrong, Gruber quipped, “Hoping it is truly the thought that counts since apparently I cannot!”

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Whoops! At least Lieutenant Gruber tried to help. Maybe next time Lena will resort to a qualified math professional—her teacher! Still, it’s pretty awesome to know that her local policemen and women are on hand to help in any way they can!

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