14-year-old Texas boy Ahmed Mohamed was placed in handcuffs Monday after he brought his homemade clock to school to show off to fellow students and teachers.
He was hit with a three day suspension and questioned by the authorities after one of his teachers at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas felt that his creation looked too much like a bomb!
It was crude device, consisting of a circuit board, power supply and digital display. Mohamed claimed that he built it in 20 minutes at home.
While his engineering teacher praised the device, he also warned Mohamed not to show it to anybody else. Unfortunately, an English teacher spotted the clock, and brought it to the attention of the principal. That’s when the police were called in, and his belongings searched.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is looking into this. They believe this is proof of the negative attitudes towards Muslims.
Social Media came to Mohamed’s aid by running with the hastag #IStandWithAhmed.
Canada’s own Chris Hadfield invited Mohamed to join his upcoming science show in Toronto. Even President Obama praised the student on Twitter.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told Mohamed, “Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause. Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you.”
This morning Irving police revealed that they are dropping the case. But the controversy may be far from over, as Ahmed Mohamed is consulting with his lawyer and pushing for a transfer to another school.
Do you think Ahmed was racially profiled? Would his English teacher have blown the whistle on the clock if he had been a pasty white student? Was this a matter of an overzealous teacher who simply misinterpreted a pupil’s pet project?