A 9-year-old girl had a hilarious response after she was presented with a homework problem that asked her to calculate math using a very complicated story involving the dating patterns of high schoolers.
The problem, which Jenn Douglas said was part of her daughter Maddy's fourth-grade homework, asked the students to untangle a love octagon involving four boys and four girls. But instead of figuring out the problem, Maddy had a pretty simple response:
I can't answer this problem because my mom says [according] to girl code you shouldn't date a friends x boyfriend.
Pretty simple, really.
Douglas told BuzzFeed News that she was "dumbfounded" by the question, which she said she didn't really think was appropriate for fourth-graders.
"I asked her to skip it because I wanted to talk to her teacher about the appropriateness about it," Douglas said. "She did a little thinking of her own and showed me what she wrote. To me, her answer was too cute not to share online."
She added that Maddy wasn't marked wrong for her answer because the class worked through it together the next day.
"Her teacher and guidance counselor actually laughed at the answer," Douglas said.
The mother of two decided to share the answer on Facebook, where it was soon picked up by the Huffington Post and others.
So where did Maddy learn all about "girl code"?
Douglas said she taught her daughter about it after she had a disagreement with a friend at day camp. When Douglas asked her daughter what had happened, her daughter said she had a new "boyfriend," who had previously been the "boyfriend" of her friend.
"I explained the importance of having girlfriends in your life, but it was her choice as to how she handled the situation," Douglas said. "The next day when I picked her up, she told me her BFF and her had made up because she chose her girlfriend instead of the boyfriend."
And the message of girls over boyfriends clearly stuck.
"Problem solved, life lesson learned, so much so, she brought it up again in her math problem," Douglas said.