A 14-year old high school freshman in Irving, Texas who likes to invent things made a clock and took it to his high school to show it to his new teachers, hoping that they would be impressed by his abilities. Oh, they were impressed all right. The Dallas Morning News describes what happened.
He showed it to his engineering teacher first thing Monday morning and didn’t get quite the reaction he’d hoped for.
“He was like, ‘That’s really nice,’” Ahmed said. “‘I would advise you not to show any other teachers.’”
He kept the clock inside his school bag in English class, but the teacher complained when the alarm beeped in the middle of a lesson. Ahmed brought his invention up to show her afterward.
“She was like, it looks like a bomb,” he said.
“I told her, ‘It doesn’t look like a bomb to me.’”
The teacher kept the clock. 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.”
Glenn Greenwald says that this is the latest evidence of the insanity that has been spawned by fear-mongering about Muslims in the glorious ‘war on terror’.
What happened in Irving, Texas yesterday to a 14-year-old Muslim high school freshman is far from the worst instance, but it is highly illustrative of the rotted fruit of this sustained climate of cultivated fear and demonization. The Dallas Morning News reports that “Ahmed Mohamed — who makes his own radios and repairs his own go-kart — hoped to impress his teachers when he brought a homemade clock to MacArthur High,” but “instead, the school phoned police.”
Despite insisting that he made the clock to impress his engineering teacher, consistent with his long-time interest in “inventing stuff,” Ahmed was arrested by the police and led out of school with his hands cuffed behind him. When he was brought into the room to be questioned by the four police officers who had been dispatched to the school, one of them – who had never previously seen him – said: “Yup. That’s who I thought it was.” As a result, he “felt suddenly conscious of his brown skin and his name — one of the most common in the Muslim religion.”
There’s absolutely no evidence that this was anything more than a clock, nor any indication of any kind that the talented and inventive freshman built it as anything other than a school project. But even now, “police say they may yet charge him with making a hoax bomb — though they acknowledge he told everyone who would listen that it’s a clock.” According to the BBC, “police spokesman James McLellan said that, throughout the interview, Ahmed had maintained that he built only a clock, but said the boy was unable to give a ‘broader explanation’ as to what it would be used for.”
Yes, it was clearly subterfuge on Ahmed’s part because what possible use could someone have for a clock in Texas where people can use sundials to tell the time?
The Dallas Morning News posted a video of the Terrorist Mastermind explaining what happened.
Scary, isn’t he? Clearly we need to be protected from the likes of these monsters. Today, it may be a mere clock. Tomorrow he might build a nuclear bomb that could destroy the entire state of Texas and initiate an ISIS takeover of the US. It is thanks to the vigilance of the high school and the police in Irving, Texas that we can sleep safely in our beds.