Freshman Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was suspended from MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas and arrested on Monday for bringing in what looked like a “hoax bomb.”
— Ty (@Ty24Dbacks) September 16, 2015
Actually, it was just an alarm clock he had built himself and brought in to show his teachers.
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) September 16, 2015
— CNN (@CNN) September 16, 2015
— Observing Space (@ObservingSpace) September 16, 2015
Texas police: No charges against Muslim teen who was arrested after bringing clock creation to school. http://t.co/jIDUXZMPBf
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 16, 2015
According to the KTXS article, “Muslim teen creates clock, shows teachers, gets arrested,” Mohamed wants to be an engineer, even an inventor, and often builds and tinkers at home.
In case his Maker cred needed any more cementing, Ahmed was wearing a NASA t-shirt when he was arrested http://t.co/zzXXEsM3y3
— WIRED (@WIRED) September 16, 2015
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
Assumptions and fear don't keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building. https://t.co/ywrlHUw3g1
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2015
The article also detailed that “The teen has never been in trouble before, the father said, saying confidently that he thinks this is a case of Islamophobia. ‘My son’s name is Mohamed — people just think Muslims are terrorists but we are peaceful, we are not that way.'”
— Complex Pop Culture (@ComplexPop) September 16, 2015
— Mashable (@mashable) September 16, 2015
It seems that McCarthy-level paranoia showed its ugly head at MacArthur High School.
The victim-blaming in this letter Ahmed Mohamed's school sent to parents is just off-the-charts infuriating: http://t.co/Zo04EXIEij
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) September 16, 2015
But continual support for Mohamed has been outpouring, sparking numerous trending hashtags and words of encouragement.
— David Wood (@prototypo) September 16, 2015
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