Once again something ridiculous has happened in Texas. Police in Irving arrested 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade clock into school. That’s right, they saw a brown kid with something they perceived to be a bomb and went absolutely mental.
The kid is an inventor, one keen on robotics and engineering, so it’s only natural that he decided to build something of his own for a class project. An engineering teacher at MacArthur High School suggested that Mohamed not show the clock to other teachers, but it beeped in his English class so he decided to take it out and explain to his teacher what it was. It didn’t take long for things to escalate to the point where he was arrested by five officers, who didn’t even contact his parents as is required when arresting someone under the age of 18.
Ahmed's sister told me to post this. Yes this situation is real for those questioning. pic.twitter.com/Oxd0JxUS6O
— Prajwol/Ru (@OfficalPrajwol) September 16, 2015
“They took me to a room filled with five officers,” he said. “They interrogated me, and searched through my stuff and took my tablet and my invention.” He was then fingerprinted and had mug shots taken. He was only released when his parents came.
What we have here is yet another case of paranoia, racism and overall rash behavior in Texas. Look at the damn kid. He’s 14-years-old, thin as a rail like most of us were and was wearing a NASA shirt. I guarantee you that everyone at that school knows the lad is brilliant and likes to tinker. He’s no threat, but because he’s not white and came into the school with a ‘suspicious looking device’ all hell breaks loose. Here’s the kicker. If they really thought it was a bomb then why suspend him for only three days? This tell us that they realized they fucked up, or maybe they didn’t, and had to do some kind of damage control. Even worse is the fact that police claim they arrested Ahmed because he refused to say that the clock he made wasn’t a clock.
The incident has since sparked a the #IStandWithAhmed campaign on Twitter and many in the science field have come out in support of the lad.
— Ol' QWERTY Bastard (@TheDiLLon1) September 16, 2015
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) September 16, 2015
.@journeyirving What was done to Ahmed Mohamed was wrong. You have the power to set it right. We'll watch with interest what you do next.
— Scott Maxwell (@marsroverdriver) September 16, 2015
Anytime you wanna see Mars rovers Ahmed, let me know. #IStandWithAhmed
— Imperator MARSiosa (@cirquelar) September 16, 2015
The United States is supposed to be a nation where all races, creeds and peoples can live together without fear of intolerance. This, however, is not the case and so long as fear poisons the hearts and minds of the masses we will never truly be free to express ourselves without retaliation of some kind. If he were white there would be no such story, in fact, white kids who made nuclear reactors and geiger counters have been lauded for their work whereas if they were ethnic they’d surely be detained.
— Frederic Jacobs (@FredericJacobs) September 16, 2015
See? Wasn’t kidding about that. We stand with you, Ahmed. You’re welcome aboard this crew any day.