A high school Muslim student in Irving, Texas was arrested last Monday for allegedly creating a hoax bomb and bringing it to school.
Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old student from MacArthur High eagerly showcased his homemade digital clock in class last Monday. Ahmed has a knack for creating things out of unconventional materials that fuels his dream of becoming an engineer. He even builds his own radios and repairs his own go-kart. Much to his surprise when the police came barging in his school to arrest him after he had shown his teacher a clock which he made out of a circuit-stuffed pencil case.
He was handcuffed and was taken to juvenile detention where he was to be charged with creating a hoax bomb. Officer James McLellan, Irving Police spokesperson, said that they have attempted to question the teenager about what the device was and he’s answer was that it was simply a clock. “We have no information that he claimed it was a bomb,” McLellan said. “He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation.”
When asked about what they mean about “broader explanation,” McLellan told Dallas News, “It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car. The concern was, what was this thing built for? Do we take him into custody?”
Ahmed was eventually released out of police custody, but remaines suspended from school for three days. His case was said to be still under investigation, but an Irving ISD statement gave no details about it, stating that it was against student privacy laws.
However, a letter addressed to parents and guardians signed by the McArthur High Principal Dan Cummings stated that the Irving police just responded to a “suspicious-looking” item in the campus. It was also stated in the same letter that “the item … did not pose a threat to your child’s safety.”
Not all Muslims are terrorists
Ahmed was known by his school’s guidance counselor as one of the good boys. As a teenager, he has never been involved in any trouble. His father confidently told CNN that his son’s situation is a clear case of Islamophobia.
“My son’s name is Mohamed — people just think Muslims are terrorists but we are peaceful, we are not that way,” Mohamed said.
“We live in the land of opportunity to grow and help and the people who did this to my son, they do not see him that way. My son said over and over that this was an alarm clock and my son only brought it to school to ask for help from his teachers, to show that he can do this amazing thing and maybe get appreciation and to show him (he can become) something bigger in the world — an inventor,” he added.
Netizens from all over the world have extend their support for Ahmed and expressed their rage over his unreasonable arrest last Monday. The hashtag #IStandWithAhmed has become viral in different social media platforms including Twitter.
Famous personalities such as former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton showed their support for the young man.
Many were saying that the student was profiled because he was a Muslim. The support coming from the online community was very strong that the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed started trending worldwide on the social media platform Twitter with over 100,00 tweets and still counting.
Ahmed’s school also received a lot of backlash in their Facebook page from outraged netizens worldwide. Kevin McKinney posted on Facebook, “How did a bunch of complete idiots end up accidentally running a school? Were you all yanked out of a zoo and given paychecks? Learning centers are for teaching…not for ruining innocent people’s lives with your racism and pathetic stupidity!…”This kid is destined to be something great if the dimwits of Irving don’t ruin him first.”
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