Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested in Irving, Texas, after he brought a homemade clock to school. The boy's English teacher saw the clock and told him that she thought it looked like a bomb.
Mohamed was soon taken from class and interrogated by police officers, handcuffed and transported to the local juvenile detention center.
Mohamed, who has a Muslim name told a Dallas newspaper, "They were like, 'So you tried to make a bomb?'"
Teen Says It Was Just a Clock
The teenage boy professes that he is a robotics enthusiast and his bedroom at home is full of different kinds of electronics. He said he built the little digital clock in just 20 minutes last Sunday before his bedtime. The clock was equipped with a digital display attached by some wires to a power supply and a circuit board. This was strapped together in a case that featured a tiger hologram.
The young man was eager to show teachers at school what he built, so he brought it with him to class. His engineering teacher was the first to see it on Monday morning. The teacher told him he had better not show the device to anyone else because it resembled a bomb.
Trouble started when he let his English teacher see the device. The English teacher and school notified authorities that their student may have brought a bomb to school.
According to a police spokesperson, "It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car. The concern was, what was this thing built for? Do we take him into custody?" Police decided to arrest the boy.
Civil Rights Group Says Case Is Egregious
Mohamed has since been released from jail, but he is home on a three-day suspension. Police continue to investigate the matter.
The boy's father said that his son was mistreated because his name is Mohamed, and the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations agrees. The civil rights group says that the case is "egregious, and it is investigating the incident.
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