A ninth-grade student, Ahmed Mohamed from MacArthur High school in Irving, Texas was detained by police for a making simple electronic clock that looked like a bomb. His only crime it seems is being a Muslim. Also Read - National Science Day: Top 5 AR apps available on Apple's App Store to learn science
Ahmed strapped a homemade clock inside a pencil case and took it to school to impress his teachers. While his engineering teacher praised its design, the teacher asked him not to show it to other teachers. During the English class, the clock started beeping, but when he showed the project to the English teacher, she thought it looked like a movie bomb. Also Read - Discovery Plus App: Discovery launches new app with Rajnikanth and Bear Grylls
Soon after that, authorities at MacArthur High school phoned the police, who took the boy away to juvenile detention in handcuffs, The Dallas Morning News reported. The schoolboy said that he was interrogated by five officers, all of them asking one question – why was he trying to make a bomb. The school principal also threatened to expel him, if he didn’t give a written statement. Also Read - New ultrafast camera takes 1 trillion frames per second
In the interview, Ahmed told the publication that he likes inventing stuff using transformers and circuits. The small clock that he made was an easy project, but the teachers took it in a wrong way thinking it was a bomb. He said the police also took his fingerprints and mug shots before letting him out.
While the Irving police may still charge the schoolboy for creating a “hoax bomb, the boy continued saying it was a clock while interrogation was going on,” police spokesperson James McLellan said. He further added that the creation could have been mistaken as a device if it was left under a car or in the bathroom.
Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, Ahmed’s father told the publication that his son got mistreated, because of his surname and because of the 9/11 incident. While the case is already being investigated by The Council on American-Islamic Relations, it seemed pretty egregious, said the director of council for North Texas, Alia Salem.
It’s been 14 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on The World Trade Centre and the Pentagon took place, but it seems people have still not moved past the tragic incident. A schoolboy being detained because of his religion can have a negative impact on his mind, and shows the US in a bad light when it comes to the way Muslims are being treated.