If you've even glanced at social media this morning you've probably seen the story of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old student in Irving, Texas who was detained, arrested, and suspended from school because he constructed a homemade clock and brought it to school.
A member of the robotics club in middle school, Ahmed was accosted by his English teacher who said his clock looked like a bomb.
Perhaps an English teacher could be forgiven for thinking an ornate circuit board may be an explosive device, but Irving's finest were no less ignorant.
When the principal and a police officer pulled Ahmed out of sixth period, he suspected he wouldn’t get it back.
They led Ahmed into a room where four other police officers waited. He said an officer he’d never seen before leaned back in his chair and remarked: “Yup. That’s who I thought it was.”
Oh, look, a black Muslim kid. He must be a terrorist. Thank you Officer Farva.
The bell rang at least twice, he said, while the officers searched his belongings and questioned his intentions. The principal threatened to expel him if he didn’t make a written statement, he said.
“They were like, ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’” Ahmed said.
“I told them no, I was trying to make a clock.”
“He said, ‘It looks like a movie bomb to me.’”
I expect they will have more to say tomorrow, but Ahmed's sister asked me to share this photo. A NASA shirt! pic.twitter.com/nR4gt992gB
— Anil Dash (@anildash) September 16, 2015
Irving police have investigating Ahmed for allegedly making a "hoax bomb"
For his part, Ahmed has reportedly vowed to "never to take an invention to school again." We wouldn't want to encourage creativity and ingenuity in school, would we?
Irving MacArthur High School officials and the Irving Police Department are the worst persons in the world.
Assumptions and fear don't keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building. https://t.co/ywrlHUw3g1
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2015
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 (@POTUS) September 16, 2015