14-Year-Old Muslim Student Arrested Over Clock

By Adnan Hadzalic (Junior)

14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested September 15th at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas after his teacher thought the clock he made was a bomb.

Ahmed being arrested at MacArthur High School
Ahmed being arrested at MacArthur High School

Charges have since been dropped after after authorities confirmed that that the device Ahmed brought to his school was a indeed a clock, not a bomb.

“I built a clock to impress my teacher, but when I showed it to her she thought it was a threat to her,” said Mohamed. “I’m very sad that she got the wrong impression of it.”

“He’s a very smart, brilliant boy and he said he just wanted to show himself to the world,” stated Ahmed’s father Mohamed Alhassan Mohamed, who is originally from Sudan.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Ahmed announced his plans to transfer schools.

Mohamed’s arrest has garnered national attention after many people across the country criticized the teacher’s actions, deeming it racist due to Ahmed Mohamed’s Muslim background. Many of those critics believe that if it was a child of a different ethnicity that brought the clock in, they would not have been arrested.

The clock that Ahmed Mohamed brought to class.
The clock that Ahmed Mohamed brought to class.

The Irving Police Department has since rejected the claim that Ahmed was detained because of his name.

“We have always had an outstanding relationship with the Muslim community,” said Irving Police Department chief Larry Boyd. “Incidents like this present challenges. We want to learn how we can move forward and turn this into a positive.”

The Council on American-Islamic relations says that it is investigating the incident.

Since his arrest, Ahmed has gained a massive amount of support. Using the hashtag “#IstandwithAhmed,” thousands of Twitter and Facebook users praised Ahmed’s initiative and questioned his arrest.ahmed 3

Public figures such as Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerburg have made their support for Ahmed known of Twitter and Facebook.

Ahmed appeared on MSNBC and was surprised by a representative from MIT. She had encouraged Ahmed to ahmed 4pursue a career in physics and invited him to Cambridge to see the campus.


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