Muslim student and clock
The Muslim-American teenage student in Irving, Texas who brought a home-made clock to his school Monday and was suspended for suspicion of making a bomb, and taken into custody, has been invited to the White House by President Barack Obama. His suspension has also been lifted.
The boy, Ahmed Mohamed, 14, showed the clock in his science class. Later, after it beeped in his backpack in his engineering class he showed it to his engineering teacher. That teacher and another looked at it and told Ahmed it looked like a bomb. The student said it was not, it was a clock that he had made on his own the night before using a circuit board and other items.
There was nothing in it of an explosive nature whatever but later in the school-day the boy was called out of class and met by police. He was arrested though later released without charges; he had been lead out of the school by police in handcuffs. MacArthur High School suspended him for 3 days.
The suspension was lifted after President Obama tweeted this:
“Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great,” President Obama tweeted on his official @POTUS account.
No charges, suspension dropped
Meanwhile, police said there will be no charges. “Ahmed Mohamed will not be charged with possessing a hoax bomb because there’s no evidence the 14-year-old meant to cause alarm Monday at MacArthur High School in the Dallas suburb of Irving,” police chief Larry Boyd said. Boyd said that the clock had looked “suspicious in nature.”
Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, the father of the boy, said his son simply wishes to “invent good things for mankind” and that he has built other things, such as a go-kart. He believes that his son’s name and the recent marking of the 14th anniversary of 9/11 were factors in Ahmed’s mistreatment.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said that they are looking into the treatment of Ahmed and the executive director of the council, Alia Salem, said it “raises a red flag” for them.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that Ahmed has been invited to Astronomy Night at the White House on Oct. 19, an annual event that couples students with NASA astronauts and various government scientists. “It will be an opportunity to talk about science and our solar system and the universe,” Earnest said Wednesday.
“We are hopeful that Ahmed will be right at home here.”