A Muslim Kid Got Arrested Because His Teacher Thought His Homemade Clock Was a Bomb (with update)

 

A Muslim Kid Got Arrested Because His Teacher Thought His Homemade Clock Was a Bomb (with update)

Ahmed whipped up the device in 20 minutes using a a circuit board and power supply wired to a digital display, all strapped inside a metal case.

 

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Ahmed Mohamed, 14, shows a photographer some of the electronics components in the bedroom that doubles as his workshop at his family’s Irving home. At left is Ahmed’s 3-year-old sister, Fatima Mohamed. [David Woo/Staff Photographer]

 

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, says his hobby is to “invent stuff,” and he stands by his assertion that, contrary to what police and officials at his high school say, the homemade clock he brought to show teachers was not a fake bomb.

 

  This photo provided by the Irving Police Department shows the homemade clock that Ahmed Mohamed brought to school.

 

The freshman at MacArthur High School was detained by police Monday after the principal and authorities were shown his invention. Mohamed said he enjoys making radios and other gadgets at home, so on Sunday, he spent about 20 minutes putting together the clock, using a circuit board, digital display, and case. He told The Dallas Morning News he showed his engineering teacher at the beginning of the school day, who said it was “really nice,” then added, “I would advise you not to show any other teachers.” Mohamed kept the clock in his bag, but an English teacher heard the alarm go off during class, and he showed her the device. Mohamed said she told him it “looks like a bomb,” then kept it.    

 

Ahmed whipped up the device in 20 minutes using a a circuit board and power supply wired to a digital display, all strapped inside a metal case.

 

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This photo provided by the Irving Police Department shows the homemade clock that Ahmed Mohamed brought to school.

 

Mohamed said he was in sixth period when the principal, accompanied by a police officer, pulled him from class. He was led to a room where four other officers were waiting for him, including one he had never seen before who said: “Yup, that’s who I thought it was.” Mohamed said he was searched and told by the principal that if he didn’t write a statement, he’d be expelled. Mohamed was handcuffed and taken to a juvenile detention center, where he was fingerprinted. After that, he was released to his parents. Police spokesman James McLellan said authorities “have no information that he claimed it was a bomb. He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation.” When pressed by The Dallas Morning News, McLellan added, “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?” Mohamed maintains that the clock was built to tell time. He has been suspended from school for three days, which his father finds upsetting. “He just wants to invent good things for mankind,” explained Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, a Sudanese immigrant. “But because his name is Mohamed and because of Sept. 11, I think my son got mistreated.” – Catherine Garcia    

 

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UPDATE: President Obama invited Ahmed to the White House:

 

 

And the mayor of Irving released this statement over Facebook:

The first concern for the Irving Independent School District and the Irving Police Department is always the safety of…

Posted by Beth Van Duyne on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

 

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Update:

6 Unanswered Questions About Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock

 

Ahmed Mohamed FINALLY Got His Clock Back

 

‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed Mohamed Moving to the Islamic Qatar

 

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