There is a strong and angry reaction to this on social media with the hashtag #IStandwithAhmed. 14 year old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested after he’d made a clock at home and brought it into MacArthur High School in Irving to show his engineering teacher who congratulated him. Another teacher who heard it’s beeping sound during class, saw it and believed it looked like a bomb, alerted school authorities who called the police.
The homemade clock consisted of a circuit board with wires leading to a digital display. Later in the day the boy was pulled out of class and interviewed by the school’s headteachers and four police officers. A head teacher also threatened to expel him if he did not write a statement. He was later led out in handcuffs and put into juvenile detention. He was however released to meet his parents after he was fingerprinted.
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