School Mistakes Muslim Teen’s Clock for Bomb
A 14-year-old Texas teen was arrested by police after a homemade clock he wanted to show his school teacher was mistaken for a bomb.
Ahmed Mohamed said he had made the clock at home and brought it to MacArthur High School to show his engineering teacher, BBC reports.
Another teacher saw the project and alerted school authorities who called the police. Ahmed’s father fears the incident happened because his son is Muslim.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is investigating the incident, which garnered a strong reaction on social media.
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
— ActualBlackMermaid (@Imani_Yvonne) September 16, 2015
— Ariel Winter (@arielwinter1) September 16, 2015
#IStandWithAhmed because if clocks look like bombs, then any brown person with a watch is a strapped and ready to go terrorist
— Indian Stats (@Indian_stats) September 16, 2015
Thank you fellow supporters. We can ban together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again pic.twitter.com/fBlmckoafU
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) September 16, 2015
SMH. Brown skin problems in America.