Ahmed Mohamed, 14, arrested over clock mistaken for bomb

BBC  News

A 14-year-old boy was arrested by police in Texas after a homemade clock he wanted to show his school teachers was mistaken for a bomb.

Ahmed Mohamed told US media that he had made a clock at home and brought it into MacArthur High School in Irving to show his engineering teacher.

Another teacher saw it and, concerned it looked like a bomb, alerted school authorities who called the police.  

His father fears the incident happened because of his son’s Muslim background.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says it is investigating the incident.

There was a strong reaction to the story on social media.

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Ahmed Mohamed told the Dallas Morning News that he loved engineering and wanted to show his teachers what he could do.

He said his engineering teacher had congratulated him but advised him “not to show any other teachers”.

The teenager said another teacher became aware of it when the device beeped during the lesson.

“She was like – it looks like a bomb,” he said.

The homemade clock consisted of a circuit board with wires leading to a digital display.

Later in the day the boy was pulled out of class and interviewed by the school’s headteachers and four police officers.

‘Report suspicious items’

The Dallas paper said he was led out in handcuffs, put into juvenile detention and fingerprinted.

Police spokesman James McLellan said that, throughout the interview, Ahmed had maintained that he built only a clock.

The school has not commented on the case, but issued a statement saying it “always ask our students and staff to immediately report if they observe any suspicious items”.

Ahmed’s father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, who is originally from Sudan, said his son had been mistreated because of his name “and because of 11 September”.

Alia Salem of the Council on American-Islamic Relations agreed: “This wouldn’t even be a question if his name wasn’t Ahmed Mohamed. He is an excited kid who is very bright and wants to share it with his teachers.”


6 thoughts on “Ahmed Mohamed, 14, arrested over clock mistaken for bomb

  1. Unbelievable stupidity rules the education system, and this is proven by the fact of four cops, and the school’s headteachers not being able to see that this WASN’T a bomb.

    He’s probably a very intelligent kid, and our public school system exists to discourage that kind of thing, so he’ll be harassed as long as he’s enrolled, Muslim or not.

    If your kid is enrolled in the public school system, YOU are an unfit parent for subjecting him to that endless abuse and intentional suppression of his intellect.

  2. Enough generations have passed, that the teachers of today are not the teachers of yesterday. Certainly, there are exceptions. And there were idiot teachers back in my day, too.

    Many parents of the baby boomer generation mistakenly have assumed that “school” today is what it used to be, when we were kids. Not saying that was great, either, but it’s a horror show today and you are right, JR, no child should be subjected to today’s public schools.

    My kids spent time in public school before I wised up, private school and homeschooling, and when I asked them to reflect back on which teachers they liked the best, they said, “the very old ones. They are the only ones who know anything and the only ones who really care in a deep and genuine way.” And I think there is some truth to that. The younger teachers and administrators (50 and younger, I’d say) have been so deeply indoctrinated, they haven’t a clue and don’t have the perspective that the old ones do. Generally speaking.

  3. “Another teacher saw it and, concerned it looked like a bomb, alerted school authorities who called the police.”

    Probably related to the moron teacher who reported the ‘Pop Tart’ gun.

  4. The kid was targeted because of who he was and his name. This country has fallen for the Bull Shit that the Bush boys have feed the people. If you do not know, we need a boggie man or a country or a people to hate, spit on and the list goes on

  5. The more I read about this, the more it looks like a psyop –
    – Twitter account (IStandWithAhmed) to update the masses;
    – Happy family “Going to meet my lawyer” (https://twitter.com/IStandWithAhmed/status/644179809170509824);
    – Lacks the traumatized affect a teen would have following interrogation by police and the black hole probe and incarceration in juvie, even for just a few hours (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nckRlLlyfec);
    – The device does not look like a clock (http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.2362805.1442423107!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/texas-muslim-student-clock.jpg?enlarged), plus the alarm was set for English class;
    – A crowdfunding campaign has already been set up (https://www.launchgood.com/project/istandwithahmed#);
    – He already has an invite to see Obama at the White House and “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, NASA, Hillary Clinton and an MIT astrophysicist have also since reached out to him with several similar offers for him to pay them visits” (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/muslim-teen-arrested-teachers-mistake-clock-bomb-article-1.2362316).

    Plus “The Bizarre Backstory Behind #IStandWithAhmed’s 2-Time Sudanese Presidential Candidate Father” (http://www.okayafrica.com/news/istandwithahmed-mohamed-elhassan-mohamed-sudanese-father-backstory/)

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