Muslim student’s creative clock draws police — and White House invitation

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Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was detained after police said a suspicious device was found inside his pencil box at MacArthur High School. Photo courtesy of USA Today

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was detained after police said a suspicious device was found inside his pencil box at MacArthur High School. Photo courtesy of USA Today

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IRVING, Texas – The Dallas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Ahmed was targeted because of his religious and racial identity.

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  • Bernardo

    I am an atheist and also a believer in strict, enforced safety rules and regulations. This teenager violated these regulations. The school responded as they should in this age of school shootings, bombing and bomb threats. One assumes the authorities would have responded in the same way no matter what religion or no religion the kid was.

  • Bernardo

    Possession of Prohibited Items (from the school’s Code of Conduct)
    Students shall not possess or use:
     Fireworks of any kind, smoke or stink bombs, or any other pyrotechnic device;
     A razor, box cutter, chain, or any other object used in a way that threatens or inflicts bodily injury to another person;
     A ―look-alike‖ weapon;
     An air gun or BB gun;
     Ammunition;
     A stun gun;
     A pocketknife or any other small knife, or any knife not defined as an illegal weapon;
     Mace or pepper spray;
     Pornographic material;
     Tobacco products; cigarettes; e-cigarettes; and any component, part, or accessory for an e-cigarette device;
     Mechanical, electronic or imitation devices designed to simulate cigarettes regardless of substance content;

     A laser pointer for other than an approved use; or
     Any articles not generally considered to be weapons, including school supplies, when the principal or designee determines that a danger exists. (For weapons and firearms see DAEP…

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  • The Great God Pan

    The teacher thought it was a bomb, so she confiscated it and went back to teaching. He was pulled out of class and interrogated by police HOURS later while a “possible bomb” was ticking away in a classroom. No evacuation. No bomb squad.

    This isn’t how anybody handles a possible bomb. They knew it wasn’t a bomb.

  • Larry

    “I think this wouldn’t even be a question if his name wasn’t Ahmed Mohamed,”

    You think?!?!

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    The clock was never even described in the article! What was it?

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    Oh, and by the way, “racial identity?” Ahmed is a member of one race: THE HUMAN RACE with darker skin FROM THE ENVIRONMENT.
    One would think this isn’t the 21st century!

  • The Great God Pan

    There’s a photo here.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34266389

    I can’t concur with Obama that it’s a “cool clock,”, but as far as bombs go it seems to be missing explosives. I would have just thought it was a weird piece of crap.

  • Oscar

    My parents misguidedly joined a Florida based missionary organisation in the 70s. When they arrived in the third world they found that they were there to work in the jobs that Americans refused to do. They were stripped of their assets and when they complained they were ejected and their house confiscated. We were beaten, abuse, stolen from and denied basic supplies.

    All because we were not American citizens but from Australasia. Similar happened to other non Americans, including Canadians.

    I’ve come to realise that the average American would not want any part of this appalling behaviour, but unfortunately the Average American was misrepresented by religious fanatics who were racial bigots.

    It is time to stop this nonsense and not discriminate on the basis of colour, origin or creed.

  • Dominic

    Muslims should expect this type of treatment in these times. They have brought it on themselves. No sympathy here.

  • Ben in oakland

    So, when so called Christians are called out Becuase of their abominable treatment of people who are not super conservative, we can just say that Kim Davis and her ilk brought it all down on you, and you shouldn’t complain?

    Oh, no! That wouldn’t be fair.

  • Bernardo

    Ditto that.

  • Bernardo

    Ditto Dominic’s comment.

  • Bernardo

    Skin tone was quite a viable checking tool on 9/11. Too bad it was not used.

  • dmj76

    This student should move from Texas to New Jersey.

    We have a diverse population, and like it that way;

  • Ben in oakland

    I don’t have the same issues that you and Dominic have with Islam, my complaint is about people ho refuse to live in peace with their neighbors due to someone’s religious beliefs. That includes Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and atheists.

    You should be careful of the company you are willing to keep.

  • Dominic

    Ben, the reality of these times causes little errors to happen. Wires in a briefcase that’s ticking, in a school, owned by a Muslim student who is ” cagey” about what it is ? It’s better to err on the side of caution than to have another mass murder. And this fear has been brought on by the Muslim community. What if the teacher was politically correct and half the school blew up? Why have signs of danger to look for if no one takes them seriously?

  • Ben in oakland

    Oh, I don’t know, Dom.

    The teacher could have LOOKED at the clock. But hey, why be rational when you can fear monger at the expense of innocent others?

    Witches, Jews, black people, gay people, and now Muslims are in he sights of conservative religionists as the latest enemy that needs to be watched, perhaps even eradicated.

    because ya never know, ya know?

  • Dominic

    No one said that this WS a Christian bashing a Muslim. A teacher was protecting her students.

  • Ben in oakland

    You’re right, Dom. No one said that this was A Christian bashing a Muslim. I certainly didn’t.

    So why bring it up?

    Oh, yes! projection! Your exact message was, “You never know about those Muslims.” You also never know about those white people, like Timothy McVeigh, do you. Yet nobody calls the police with a bomb report on white kids, do they, unless they actually determine that the white kid has a bomb. She didn’t start “protecting her kids” until frankly it was too late to do so. And she certainly wasn’t interested in protecting one particular kid.

    You are claiming she was being responsible.no, she was trying her hardest to be blameless,not responsible. At all. A responsible person would have LOOKED at the clock before filing a bomb report. Hell, a responsible person would have at least one spy movie, and known that an obvious clock simply isn’t necessary for a bomb.

    An apparent box of cookies will do.