School officials thought the clock looked like a bomb. It certainly looks more like a bomb than it does like a clock:
All over the country, school officials are on constant high alert for weapons — a high alert that has more than once lapsed over into outright hysteria, with students being suspended for drawing guns, pointing fingers at people and saying “Bang,” etc. But the alert is universal: it doesn’t just single out Muslim students. The key question here is, would Ahmed Mohamed have been arrested if he had been a non-Muslim student and had brought the same contraption to school? And the answer is without any doubt yes, he would have been.
However, the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Barack Obama, both avid to reinforce the narrative that Muslims are innocent victims of unjust suspicion, are all over this, and Ahmed has been invited to the White House. The upshot of this ridiculous brouhaha will be that Muslim students will now be exempted from scrutiny for bringing suspicious objects to school: to subject them to such scrutiny would be “Islamophobic.” Will some enterprising young jihadi take advantage of this favorable new situation?
“No charges for Muslim boy arrested after homemade clock mistaken for bomb in Texas school,” Chicago Tribune, September 16, 2015:
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, an Irving MacArthur High student who invents as a hobby, talks about being detained and interrogated after bringing a homemade clock to school Monday that was mistaken for a hoax bomb.
Police detained a 14-year-old Muslim boy after a teacher at his North Texas high school decided that a homemade clock he proudly brought to class looked like a bomb, according to school and police officials.
Irving police Chief Larry Boyd said during a news conference Wednesday that Ahmed Mohamed will not be charged with possessing a hoax bomb because there’s no evidence that he meant to cause any harm.
Boyd says the clock that Ahmed built looked “suspicious in nature.”
Ahmed’s family says high school administrators in the Dallas suburb of Irving on Monday suspended the teenager for three days after he showed the clock to teachers.
School district spokeswoman Lesley Weaver says officials were concerned with student safety and not the boy’s Muslim faith.
The boy makes his own radios, repairs his own go-kart and on Sunday spent about 20 minutes before bedtime assembling a clock using a circuit board, power supply wired to a digital display and other items, The Dallas Morning News reported.
On Monday, Ahmed showed the clock to his engineering teacher and then another teacher after the clock, which was in his backpack, beeped during class. That teacher told him that it looked like a bomb, the newspaper reported.
Ahmed was later pulled from class and brought before the principal and Irving police officers for questioning.
The school district said in a statement that Ahmed was detained by police. Irving police spokesman James McLellan told the Morning News that police are determining whether to file a charge of making a hoax bomb.
“He just wants to invent good things for mankind,” Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, told the newspaper. “But because his name is Mohamed and because of Sept. 11, I think my son got mistreated.”
The [Hamas-linked] Council on American-Islamic Relations is reviewing the matter.
“This all raises a red flag for us: how Irving’s government entities are operating in the current climate,” said Alia Salem, executive director of the council’s North Texas chapter….