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الأربعاء، 16 سبتمبر، 2015

No Charges For Teen Arrested After Bringing Homemade Clock to School

No Charges For Teen Arrested After Bringing Homemade Clock to School

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NBC NEWS 

 How 14-Year-Old Ahmed Got Arrested After Bringing a Clock to School 0:45
Police in Irving, Texas, announced Wednesday that no charges will be filed against 14-year-old Sudanese-American high school student Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested Monday in Irving after bringing a homemade electronic clock to school.
Mohamed, who is also Muslim, told The Dallas Morning News he had been active in the robotics club in middle school and wanted to show his new teacher what he could do.
"He was like, 'That's really nice,'" Mohamed said. "'I would advise you not to show any other teachers.'"
But when the clock's alarm accidentally went off during class, Mohamed showed the clock to his English teacher, who said that it looked like a bomb, and confiscated it. Mohamed was pulled out of class, and brought to the school principal and five police officers. According to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, he was questioned, handcuffed, and taken to Irving police headquarters for interrogation, fingerprinting, and mug shots, even though he repeatedly insisted that it was a clock.
Ahmed Mohamed, A 14-year-old North Texas student, appears in handcuffs, after his arrest on charges of making a “hoax bomb.” Courtesy of Mohamed Affan
"Clearly, there were disassembled clock parts in there, but he offered no more explanation than that," Irving Police Officer James McLellan told NBC Dallas Fort Worth.
Mohamed told NBC Dallas Fort Worth that his family surname repeatedly came up in police questioning. "I really don't think it's fair, because I brought something to school that wasn't a threat to anyone. I didn't do anything wrong. I just showed my teachers something and I end up being arrested later that day," he said.

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Mohamed's family suspects that the arrest was related to his last name and September 11. Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne was in the media spotlight earlier this year for a bill that Muslims say targeted their community.
"This all raises a red flag for us: how Irving's government entities are operating in the current climate," Alia Salem of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) told The Dallas Morning News. "We're still investigating, but it seems pretty egregious."
In a statement Wednesday from the ACLU of Texas, executive director Terri Burke said, "Ahmed Mohamed's avoidable ordeal raises serious concerns about racial profiling and the disciplinary system in Texas schools. Instead of encouraging his curiosity, intellect, and ability, the Irving ISD saw fit to throw handcuffs on a frightened 14 year-old Muslim boy wearing a NASA t-shirt and then remove him from school."

Thank you fellow supporters. We can ban together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again
Supporters, including President Obama, took to Twitter to offer their support for Mohamed with the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed, which trended overnight. #HelpAhmedMake gaining traction as well.

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.

Assumptions and fear don't keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building. https://twitter.com/dallasnews/status/643952536681115648 
Nerds Unite. http://gizmodo.com/this-teenager-was-arrested-for-making-a-clock-his-teach-1730977157?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow 
Some noted how differently white children inventors are treated, and lamented the costs of continuing Islamophobia, while others invited Mohamed to discuss college and career opportunities with them.
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because when my 1-year-old Muslim American boy grows up and builds a badass clock, I want him celebrated, not arrested.

because each of us should help mentor, support, advise, & do outreach 4 kids who want to learn & be creative

Infact, I think the whole of JPL would welcome Ahmed with open arms. https://twitter.com/mikeseibert/status/644152049525899265 

Hey Ahmed, give me a call in a couple years. We could always use smart, curious & creative people. https://twitter.com/anildash/status/644020453724585984 

don't stop doing what you love ,we support you all the way and we all have your back ! @IStandWithAhmed

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