Ahmed Mohammed was put under suspicion, questioned by the police, suspended from his high school and arrested for making a digital clock and taking it to school.
Another debacle in the American Muslim community when the Sudanese-American citizen, the 14 years old Ahmed Mohammed was arrested. The 9th grader has a keen interest in engineering and electronics.
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His room is full of tech gadgets and equipment. His parents claim that he is always making and compiling components. A box full of circuit boards sits at the foot of Ahmed’s small bed in central Irving.
His door marks the border where the Mohamed family’s cramped but lavishly decorated house begins to look like the back room at RadioShack. The boy decided to impress his teacher by bringing a homemade digital clock to school on Tuesday.
Ahmed’s clock was hardly his most elaborate creation. According to DallasNews, he said he threw it together in about 20 minutes before bedtime on Sunday: a circuit board and power supply wired to a digital display, all strapped inside a case with a tiger hologram on the front.
He brought it to show his engineering teacher. The teacher appreciated it but advised him not to show it to anyone else. During his English class, the alarm on the clock beeped. The teacher told him to empty out his backpack and found the clock.
She reported the device to the teacher because she reckoned it looked like a bomb from the movies. During sixth period, Ahmed was taken out of class and put him in the care of police officers who seemed to be biased already.
Ahmed missed his Student council meeting while the police and the principal of MacArthur High Principal Dan Cummings grilled him about his intentions and raided his belongings. After Ahmed refused to confess to making a bomb, he was threatened by Cummings to be expelled.
He was then handcuffed and escorted by police officers on both his sides. His school fellows were aghast by the sight. The student counselor, the teacher who knew Ahmed well, was also devastated.
A fellow student posted a picture of Ahmed in handcuffs which was captioned; “I expect they will have more to say tomorrow, but Ahmed's sister asked me to share this photo. A NASA shirt!” It was indeed a devastating sight.
Ahmed was spared being put inside a jail cell. He was put inside a juvenile detention center where he was allowed to meet his parents. His principal had already suspended him for three days in a letter to his parents.
Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, who immigrated from Sudan and occasionally returns there to run for president, said that his son has been mistreated because of his name and September 11th.
He said that Ahmed had always wanted to invent things that could help mankind. The police is of the opinion that why would he invent it unless meant to do harm.
The case is already a large red flag in both sides of the story. The behavior of the police is indicative of Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne ideal who became a national celebrity in anti-Islamic circles, fueling rumors in speeches that the religious minority was plotting to usurp American laws.
Council on American-Islamic Relations took note. Alia Salem, who directs the council’s North Texas chapter and has spoken to lawyers about Ahmed’s arrest.
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Social media has gone into a frenzy protesting against the unjust arrest of Ahmed. Ahmed is thankful for all the support he has received. Ahmed also once made national headlines for debating a Florida pastor who burned a Quran.