Wednesday, September 16

 9/16/2015         No comments
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, waits in handcuffs as a police officer looks on

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.
The boy, who, “makes his own radios and repairs his own go-kart,” wanted to show his engineering teacher his handiwork.
Another teacher saw it and, concerned it looked like a bomb, alerted school authorities who called the police.
President Obama has invited Ahmed to bring his clock to the White House.
Irving Police Department chief Larry Boyd said the boy had been arrested for a suspected "hoax bomb", but officers determined there was no threat and released him.
"We have always had an outstanding relationship with the Muslim community," Mr Boyd said. "Incidents like this present challenges. We want to learn how we can move forward and turn this into a positive."
Robert Wilonsky, an editor at the Dallas Morning News editor, tweet:
Ahmed Mohamed told the Dallas Morning News that he loved engineering and had 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, interviewed by the head teachers and four police officers, and put into juvenile detention.
@StandWithAhmed tweet reads:
The school 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."


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