Earlier this week, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade clock to MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. He loves tinkering around with electronics and he was proud of his latest creation.
Did I mention his name was Ahmed Mohamed? And this was Texas?
… the 14-year-old missed the student council meeting and took a trip in handcuffs to juvenile detention. His clock now sits in an evidence room. 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.
This wasn’t just one paranoid school official, either:
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.”
This all happened while Ahmed was wearing a goddamn NASA shirt:
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
Ahmed is currently at home following a three-day suspension handed down by the principal, who sent a letter to parents saying everyone can relax because the “suspicious-looking item” they found is nothing to worry about.
Maybe if some of the adults knew more about how things were made, they would have recognized what his invention was. Instead, they were fueled by paranoia linking Muslims to terrorists.
In both cases, the adults refused to see what’s on the inside because they were too busy making assumptions about the outside.
Ahmed, by the way, appreciates all the support he’s been receiving and sent out this tweet earlier today:
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) September 16, 2015
***Update***: Our President, ladies and gentlemen:
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
Well played. Cue conservative overreaction.
(Image via YouTube. Thanks to Brian for the link)