Ahmed Mohamed, 14, arrested over clock mistaken for bomb

Texas(BBC): A 14-year-old boy was arrested by police in Texas after a homemade clock he wanted to show his school teachers was mistaken for a bomb.

16 September 2015 photo of the clock brought in by Ahmed Mohamed
Ahmed Mohamed told US media that he had made a clock at home and brought it into MacArthur High School in Irving to show his engineering teacher.
Another teacher saw it and, concerned it looked like a bomb, alerted school authorities who called the police.
His father fears the incident happened because of his son’s Muslim background.
16 September 2015 photo of the clock brought in by Ahmed MohamedImage copyrightTwitter

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An editor with the Dallas Morning news tweeted out the photo, given out by police
Irving Police Department chief Larry Boyd said the boy had been arrested for a suspected “hoax bomb”, but officers determined there was no threat and released him.
“We have always had an outstanding relationship with the Muslim community,” said Mr Boyd. “Incidents like this present challenges. We want to learn how we can move forward and turn this into a positive.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations says it is investigating the incident.
There was a strong reaction to the story on social media.
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted her support for the 14 year old
Ahmed Mohamed told the Dallas Morning News that he loved engineering and had wanted to show his teachers what he could do.
He said his engineering teacher had congratulated him but advised him “not to show any other teachers”.
The teenager said another teacher became aware of it when the device beeped during the lesson.
“She was like – it looks like a bomb,” he said.

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, interviewed by the headteachers and four police officers, and put into juvenile detention.
@StandWithAhmed tweet reads: Image copyrightTwitter
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A Twitter account has been set up in Ahmed’s name
The school issued a statement saying it “always ask our students and staff to immediately report if they observe any suspicious items”.
Ahmed’s father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, who is originally from Sudan, said his son had been mistreated because of his name “and because of 11 September”.
Alia Salem of the Council on American-Islamic Relations agreed: “This wouldn’t even be a question if his name wasn’t Ahmed Mohamed. He is an excited kid who is very bright and wants to share it with his teachers.”
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