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 SEP 16, 2015 9:57AM

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In the hopes of showcasing his love for inventing things, a Muslim ninth-grader brought a homemade clock to school. But when the clock’s alarm interrupted one of his classes, school administrators thought it was a bomb and had him arrested.

 

Ahmed Mohamed brought the clock to MacArthur High School on Monday, hoping to impress his teachers. Unfortunately, his engineering teacher, who commended Mohamed for the invention, advised him not to show other teachers, so he put the clock in his backpack. To his dismay, the alarm went off during his English class, and the teacher told him the clock looked like a bomb. During his sixth period, he was escorted out of a classroom by his principal and an officer, searched, interrogated by four officers, and threatened with expulsion.

 

Mohamed maintained that his invention was a clock, but police thought he was withholding information. That afternoon, he was handcuffed, escorted out of the school, and sent to a juvenile detention center.

 

“He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation,” police spokesman James McLellan told the Dallas Morning News. “It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car. The concern was, what was this thing built for? Do we take him into custody?”

“They searched me, they took a fingerprint and mugshots of me, and they searched me until my parents came….I couldn’t call my parents during interrogation,” Mohamed later explained. “It made me feel like I wasn’t human. It made me feel like a criminal.” 

 

“He just wants to invent good things for mankind,” Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, the boy’s father,said of the incident. “But because his name is Mohamed and because of Sept. 11, I think my son got mistreated.”

 

This is not the first time a young student of color was thought to have endangered classmates because of a science project. A similar incident occurred two years ago, when a black 16-year-old honor student, Kiera Wilmot, created a chemical mixture in class out of curiosity. The chemical reaction, made in a bottle, sounded like a firecracker when it blew off the bottle cap, and it started to smoke. Nobody was injured, but Wilmot was subsequently arrested and charged for possessing or discharging weapons or firearms and possessing a destructive device on school premises. The charges were eventually dropped, but Wilmot was haunted by the experience.

“They didn’t read me any rights. They arrested me after sitting in the office for a couple minutes. They handcuffed me. It cut my wrist, and really hurt sitting on my hands behind my back,” she laterwrote in a Huffington Post piece.

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White folks are afraid of anything darker than a biscuit. If they hadn't been so terrorizing and brutal towards lots of people who have various shades of melanin, they wouldn't have to constantly fear retaliation. It obviously won't be us, but their day's coming. They've killed zillions, I think; and deplore Africans to the Nth degree. We've been by their side even after they swung heaps of us from trees. That's beyond loyalty. Some folks can be damn fools and never be aware of the fact.

 

Ahmed's mother probably should have called the school to inform them of her son's invention and asked if he could show it to his class or would it cause some kind of concern. Muslim names and people cause white people to pull the trigger quick!!! It's going to be hard to become an Einstein-like person in the U.S. Ahmed, with melanin.

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I don't know, it is a very elaborate looking clock, [but I know nothing about engineering, and that little boy's I.Q. probably makes mine look like that of a chicken's]:

 

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But, it is Texas, so this poor little kid may has well had landed there 300 years ago in a space ship (or a plane) (or rode in on a horse), and tried to tell them that thunder was not the angry voice of God.

 

 

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#IStandWithAhmed: Scientists and the public surge to support boy arrested for homemade clock

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com...-for-homemade-clock/

 

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[President Obama tweets in support of #IStandWithAhmed]

 
 
 
 
 

President Obama tweets in support of #IStandWithAhmed

 

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The little boy was still suspended for 3 days even though they found out that it was a clock.  

 

The last news report I saw said the family is looking for another school for him, which is probably a good idea because he's probably not being intellectually challenged in that school anyway.  

 

I don't mind the zero tolerance philosophy, but it should not be implemented and blindly carried out.  There needs to be case-by-case critical thinking involved for it to not be over-blown irrational knee-jerk reactions.

 

And, yes, I am going to mention the obvious racism involved in how they reacted, specifically by even after-the-fact of knowing that it was only a clock and still suspending the boy; if this had been a little 11 year old White boy, it would have only been on the news to praise his ingenuity and intelligence.  

They NEVER think nor talk about taking back those damn CAVES. They NEVER talk about their origination. Where'd they come from originally??

 

The Original Natives of North America say you're from La La Land if you even dream this is YOUR COUNTRY, let alone state the non fact. Makes folks look like they need a few screws tightened.

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Originally Posted by RadioRaheem:

Questions: if they thought it was a bomb, then why didn't the police evacuate the school?

 

should 'cops lives matter' enough to call in the bomb squad? 

 

 

 

They ... 

  didn't ...

think... 

it... 

was...

a...

bomb....

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all!!!

 

 

 

they just wanted to be racist 

That is a GREAT POINT! It's so obvious putting that boy in cuffs was the gratuitous actions of a bunch of xenophobe crackasses. 

Originally Posted by RadioRaheem:

Questions: if they thought it was a bomb, then why didn't the police evacuate the school?

 

should 'cops lives matter' enough to call in the bomb squad? 

 

 

 

They ... 

  didn't ...

think... 

it... 

was...

a...

bomb....

At...

all!!!

 

 

 

they just wanted to be racist 

 

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking, especially since they suspended the boy anyway, after they found out it was not a bomb, not to mention handcuffing [=putting him under arrest] even after they knew what it was.

 

Otherwise, the way his little contraption looked, i.e., nothing like a clock, at least, not like the only thing lay people think of as a 'clock', I can see why it may have caused a little stir at first sight, but not after having been told what it was.

 

So, I guess little Ahmed has learned a valuable lesson in all this, you know, that Americans have to be drawn picture, a BIG cartoonist, paint-by-numbers picture, to understand sh!t; that he probably should have made sure it was "round" or had a damn coo-coo bird that pops out on the hour, and the words "c l o c k" written on it in big bold letters, and more importantly, to not mistake America's technological advancement with intellectual evolution.

 

 

 

I feel sorry the really brilliant kids that have to be educated down south.  

 

 

 

 

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This young fella's going on to bigger and better things.  He's going to meet President Obama; that's fabulous' plus he's going to transfer to a better school. The country rallied around his side.He's cute as a button and smart as a whip. He'll be finer than fine!!!!

 

No one can cure this white Mental Illness of Extreme Racism.  It's deeply buried in the Europeans' mind ever since their arrival on these shores. They're sicker than sick and we're the ones chosen to forever feel their wrath, until we find a solution of some kind or another.  Unfortunately, graveyards are going to play a huge role.

 

Why some Muslims don’t want Ahmed Mohamed’s blackness to be ignored.

 

Ahmed Mohamed is now a 14-year-old with a national following and a long list of powerful people on his calling card.

 

After he was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school to impress his teachers, the ninth-grader has become symbolic of the worst skeletons in America’s closet: growing hysteria and over-criminalization in American schools, Islamophobia  and racism.

 

As the news of Mohamed’s plight spread, some of the earliest accounts associated the teen, who is of Sudanese descent, with the word “brown,” a fuzzy bit of racial jargon that typically refers to non-black people of South Asian or sometimes Latin American descent.

 

And others openly wondered how the world might have reacted to Mohamed’s story if he had been black.

 

But Mohamed’s racial identity is as complex as the country of his descent. The African nation of Sudan  is predominantly Muslim and is comprised of some 600 ethnicities. Arabs and indigenous Africans have intermarried and mixed there for centuries and most speak Arabic.

 

To wit, the phrase given to the region now inhabited by Islamic people in Africa, which includes modern-day Sudan, is “Bilad al-Sudan” and it means literally “the land of negroes” or “the land of blacks.”

 

Further complicating the situation is the fact that high-profile praise came from such figures as Indian American comedian Aziz Ansari, who compared his own experience to Mohamed’s.

 

“#IStandWithAhmed cause I was once a brown kid in the south too,” Ansari wrote on Twitter.

 

[Why a ninth-grader’s arrest over a home-built clock struck a chord across America]

 

Anil Dash, a tech entrepreneur of Indian descent, who was among the first to publicize Mohamed’s story to his more than half-a-million followers, told The Washington Post that he was struck by the teen’s story simply because he saw himself in the “skinny brown kid.”

 

“My identification was literally: I physically looked similar. I had the same glasses and I was skinny. It was on a purely physical level,” Dash acknowledged.

 

Dash reached out to Mohamed’s family and counseled them on how to cope with the impending deluge of media attention. He cautioned them to change their passwords, create a twitter account.

 

Dash was the first to tweet out the now-infamous photo of Mohamed handcuffed in his faded NASA T-shirt.

 

But Dash said that he actually doesn’t know whether Mohamed or his family identify as black. But they have been clear from the beginning that their religious identity is an important — if not the most important — factor in the 14-year-old’s treatment by the school and police.

 

Online, another discussion brewed. Did the repetitious association of Mohamed with the term “brown” erase his blackness and render it irrelevant to his experience as an American Muslim of African descent?

 

“The issue of race in America, especially when it comes to Sudanese Americans, is complex,” added Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Michigan, who also weighed in on the debate on Twitter.

 

“There’s a misunderstanding among many people about what Arabness means. Arabness and blackness are not mutually exclusive, just like being Latino and black are not mutually exclusive.

 

“That’s a part of his identity. Someone like Ahmed can be equally American, Muslim, Arab and black,” he noted.

 

[Scientists and the public surge to support boy arrested for homemade clock]

Ahmed is Sudanese, Sudanese is African, African is black,…now tell me how "important" Egyptians weren't black
I need you racist, anti black, islamaphobics to stop referring to Ahmed as a "brown Muslim" because highlighting his blackness bothers you.
I notice a lot of people call Ahmed brown and not black lol… These same people will assure you the term black has nothing to do with color

But what does “brown” even mean? The answer depends on who you ask.

 

According to Dash, it is a “loving inside version of people’s color,” that is in some way pan-ethnic in nature. It applies unevenly to Asian, North African, Middle Eastern and Hispanic people.

 

But he recognizes that in America, it is rarely used to describe black people.

 

“Most of my black friends that I talk to about my identify say ‘brown is not me,’ which I totally get,” Dash said.

 

“Being black is a unique thing in this country.”

 

And according to Walid, a Muslim and African American who says he is often mistaken for being Sudanese, the term “brown” also rarely describes people from Sub-Saharan Africa. (Sudan is sometimes referred to as a North African country because like other countries in the region, it is predominantly Islamic and Arab-speaking. But it is also sometimes referred to as a Sub-Saharan African country or a North East African Nation.)

 

[Why Ahmed Mohamed should be a topic at Wednesday’s GOP debate]

 

“It’s not simple, but definitely brownness is not conferred to Sub-Saharan Africans,” he said. “That term, brown, is predominantly used for people who are non-white, whose heritage comes from Latin America or South Asia and perhaps North Africa. But Sub-Saharan Africans period are not referred to as ‘brown.’

 

“Most Sudanese Americans who are walking the streets in Western-style clothing are indistinguishable from African Americans,” he added.

 

If the debate has smacked of racial policing, as some have suggested, it shouldn’t, according to Hind Makki, a Sudanese American who has also pushed for people to be more “precise” when referring to Mohamed and his family.

Hugely assured by all the support for Ahmed. Not so much by those tearing chunks out of each other over whether he's "black" or "brown".

“When people discuss Islamophobia, Muslims are racialized into this amorphous ‘brown,’ ” Makki noted. “If you’re from Africa, [being black] is a huge part of Muslim history. Even in the U.S. overall, a third of American Muslims are of African descent.

 

“To erase that or to say that it’s really not important — that Muslims should be fine with being described as a generic brown — I don’t think that’s right,” she added.

 

While first-generation immigrants like Makki’s parents  often resisted being placed in a racial box, their children — like Ahmed — face the reality that in America, Sudanese Americans often view themselves as indistinguishable from black Americans, Makki said.

 

It is part of a broader story of Muslim and Arab identity in America.

 

For years, people of Middle Eastern and North African descent have protested being forced to check “white” on census forms that tacitly ignored the ethnic diversity within Arabic-speaking countries like Sudan that were — for political and expediency reasons — lumped in with Caucasians.

 

The Census Bureau announced that it would consider adding a category Middle Eastern/North African  to better account for the growing number of people of Arab descent who now live in America.

 

Among those people, Afro-Arabs have a distinct Muslim story Makki said.

 

“Every single Sudanese American person I know, from every Sudanese ethnic background that I know, identifies as black in America,” she added. “The African American and the black Muslim story in the U.S. is part of the Muslim story and you can’t erase it.”

 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/...r-AAeqves?li=AAa0dzB

  Now they are attempting to push that my president is in fact a muslim.  GTFOH!  Only cuz he came to the rescue of a child...a black child...who was bamboozled by racists.  Had this young kid been WHITE?  His face would have been plastered all over white media.  And massa would be goosing over his brilliance as if we don't raise over the top intelligent geniuses.  As if our genius traditionally hasn't been the vital ingredient that propel the new world over and beyond the ancients of old world thinking.  This is the kinda shyte that pisses me off.  The total avoidance and denial of our BLACK brilliance.  I'm glad my president took the reigns and invited this young fellow to a night with other brilliant folks.  To let him know and UNDERSTAND his intelligence is part of a bigger picture in the future of the world we ALL live in.  Hal. Lay. Lu. Yer!!!!  But!

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Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

  Now they are attempting to push that my president is in fact a muslim.  GTFOH!  Only cuz he came to the rescue of a child...a black child...who was bamboozled by racists.  Had this young kid been WHITE?  His face would have been plastered all over white media.  And massa would be goosing over his brilliance as if we don't raise over the top intelligent geniuses.  As if our genius traditionally hasn't been the vital ingredient that propel the new world over and beyond the ancients of old world thinking.  This is the kinda shyte that pisses me off.  The total avoidance and denial of our BLACK brilliance.  I'm glad my president took the reigns and invited this young fellow to a night with other brilliant folks.  To let him know and UNDERSTAND his intelligence is part of a bigger picture in the future of the world we ALL live in.  Hal. Lay. Lu. Yer!!!!  But!

Its so funny how racism backfired against the teachers and cops in Irving TX which is really Dallas, heck you would not know the difference if you were in Irving or Dallas driving here and there. Now this kid gets to go to the White House and meet the President, have doors open to him to go to MIT or Harvard, caught the attention of Mark Zuckerberg.

 

Actually building a digital clock is not so impressive to be honest but in today's dumb down world of teens its like a miracle. Because teens these days have been really dumb down and many of them have no interests in skills or interests in building stuff, experimenting with electronics.

 

Heck that's all I did growing up, experimenting and making things. Comic books sparked my imagination and would buy kits of model tanks, navy ships, military jet planes, WW2 fighter planes, cars, trucks, building radios, binary, octal and hexadecimal counters and simple calculators, amplifiers, pre-amplifiers, AC to DC converters, battery chargers all kinds of stuff. Heck I got my first job at 14 so I could buy the parts I needed. 

 

What this kid is doing is what all kids should be interested in, science and exploring the world around them.

 

I had Popular Electronics and Electronics Illustrated magazines for years all up in my thirties. But growing up none of my friends had no interests in stuff like that. This kid is going to find out being a nerd is fun and cool, makes your world bigger and understanding and perception of the world clearer. 

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Brotha Momentum wrote:  

Actually building a digital clock is not so impressive to be honest but in today's dumb down world of teens its like a miracle. Because teens these days have been really dumb down and many of them have no interests in skills or interests in building stuff, experimenting with electronics.

 

  Exactly my brotha.  I remember when we used to make our OWN skates and skate boards.  

 

Heck that's all I did growing up, experimenting and making things. Comic books sparked my imagination and would buy kits of model tanks, navy ships, military jet planes, WW2 fighter planes, cars, trucks, building radios, binary, octal and hexadecimal counters and simple calculators, amplifiers, pre-amplifiers, AC to DC converters, battery chargers all kinds of stuff. Heck I got my first job at 14 so I could buy the parts I needed. 

 

Yep!  Guys during that time were Mr. Fix it.  You could always go in my neighborhood growing up and find a dude who could fix anything.  My dad was like that.  He could take a television and make it do amazing things.  I used to be outdone with all the stuff he could do with his hands. And when color t.v. came on the scene and it blew out? He simply used the black and white to be the sound and the color one to be the picture.   He was my  hero cuz I was still able to watch my favorite cartoons....in living color.

 

What this kid is doing is what all kids should be interested in, science and exploring the world around them.

 

Exactly!  Nowadays too many of 'em are on social media with headphones in their ears totally ignoring the world around them.  It's tragic.

 

I had Popular Electronics and Electronics Illustrated magazines for years all up in my thirties. But growing up none of my friends had no interests in stuff like that. This kid is going to find out being a nerd is fun and cool, makes your world bigger and understanding and perception of the world clearer. 

 

I agree.  Plus kids don't even READ anymore like they used to.  In my day?  We were always encouraged to find our own niche with what was around us.  And cars?  You wasn't a man if you couldn't tear your car apart and put it back together with high hydolix[sp] [you know how the cars go up and down]...and that loud muffler.  And if bored on a clear windy day?  Hell we made our own kites.

 

Today?  Most teens don't even know how to fix their own breakfast or wash their own clothes...let alone invent something outside the box.  They're spoiled and completely handicapped....in an environment that was built to perfection because of those brilliant individuals who had an amazing imagination and forethought to do it themselves.  Those were the days.   But!  

We're not even BLACK. We have Melanin, which gives us our various colors. White folks are a hop, skip and a jump and some have JUMPED from/into Albinos. We're just people. All this racism shit is an extra added attraction that gives white men mega sets of balls. Makes 'em feel better than all humanity who allll just got here by fuckin'. No more, no less. Pops got the right hole; these days no more Pops, they've opted OUT into anal plowers. Get over yourselves. We're all equal in bones. Have the same amounts. Unfortunately by the time you reach that stage, your mouth is PERMANENTLY SHUT.

 

Yippie Yi Yay, Yippie Yi Yo!!!!!! Got to die to get fuckin' PEACE OF MIND. Ain't that some shit????

 

 

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Ahmed Mohamed Will Not Return To MacArthur High School, Family Says

The Texas school had said it would "certainly welcome" the teen back.

 

Days after administrators called for the arrest of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing in what they suspected was a “bomb” (actually a homemade clock), MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, said that it would “certainly welcome” the teen back to school.

 

“We're confident that we can continue to provide him with an excellent education,” a school spokeswoman told ABC News.

 

But Ahmed’s family says the freshman is not at all interested in returning to MacArthur. His father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, said Thursday that Ahmed will transfer out of the high school; the family is “still deciding where he will go next,” reports The Associated Press.

 

According to reports, MacArthur High School has not apologized to Ahmed for the arrest, but has defended the actions of its staff.

 

“We do stand behind what the teacher did,” the school spokeswoman told ABC News. 

 

She added that Ahmed's punishment for bringing the clock to school -- suspension for three days -- had not been lifted. 

 

“Even though that particular item did not pose an immediately dangerous situation to the school, we cannot allow items on campus that can be perceived to pose a threat,” she said. 

 

Earlier this week, The Verge published a memo that was allegedly sent out by the school to students' parents. In it, Principal Dan Cummings wrote that local police had responded on Monday to a “suspicious-looking item” on campus. He then encouraged parents to use “this opportunity to talk with your child about the Student Code of Conduct and specifically not bringing items to school that are prohibited.” 

 

“This is a good time to remind your child how important it is to immediately report any suspicious items and/or suspicious behavior," he added.

Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne defended law enforcement and school officials for their actions against Ahmed.

 

“To the best of my knowledge, they followed protocol,” she wrote on Facebook.  

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Go back for what?? Next time he invents something, scared as these assholes became, bullets might fly.

 

That black cop standing behind him in the school, when he has the handcuffs on makes one shake their head and cry. Black people are such ass kissers when it comes to white "authority".  May he keep that fucking job until he reaches retirement age. Hopefully, his "white" "cop brethren" never turn against his black ass.  

 

Good luck Ahmed!! Heaps of people are on your side!!

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Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

 

I agree.  Plus kids don't even READ anymore like they used to.  In my day?  We were always encouraged to find our own niche with what was around us.  And cars?  You wasn't a man if you couldn't tear your car apart and put it back together with high hydolix[sp] [you know how the cars go up and down]...and that loud muffler.  And if bored on a clear windy day?  Hell we made our own kites.

 

 

Yes, the cars lol, I can't tell you how often I was all up in a engine and under my trucks and cars. Could not afford an mechanic anyway. Hell nah I was going to get a mechanic but as I got older and had the money I started taking my vehicles to the mechanic.

 

I am so damn country, I had a 1978 big 4 wheel drive Blazer with the cast iron transfer case and I was constantly working on that truck because we would take that thing everywhere all up in the country and on lonely beaches, fishing and hunting. That truck turned me into a great mechanic, hell I stocked U joints in my truck and could replace one in 10 minutes, replaced a transmission on that truck out in the middle of nowhere on a 110 degree day. I got stuck so many times on the beach, mud and ditches I bought a winch to pull me and others out of situations. I was a rolling mechanic lol. 

 

But that was like normal and common back in the day.

 

 

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Regarding his race, I actually thought that I noticed Black in him, but I dismissed it, and assumed that he was Arab/Middle-Eastern or Asian persuasion [most of whom do have Black ancestry, but, to appease White racism, won't admit their Black ancestry].

 

 

Anyway, his racial make-up is one thing that he and President Obama have in common.

 

 

 

Police Knew Ahmed Didn't Have A Bomb, Arrested The Teen Anyway.

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https://www.africanamerica.org/...7#456167666726723277

 

Police in Irving, Texas, now emphasize that they knew 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed hadn't brought a bomb to high school when they slapped cuffs on him and took him to juvenile detention earlier this week.

 

"The officers pretty quickly determined that they weren't investigating an explosive device," police chief Larry Boyd told MSNBC on Thursday. 

 

Boyd said that Monday's investigation centered on the possibility that the student, who is Muslim, may have brought a "hoax bomb."

It turned out to be a clock.

 

Ahmed has said he was quite clear about that all along. He told the Dallas Morning News that when he showed his English teacher the clock, she suggested it looked like a bomb.

 

"I told her, 'It doesn't look like a bomb to me,'" Ahmed said.

In a meeting with the principal, school staff continued to question the ninth-grader.

 

"They were like, 'So you tried to make a bomb?'" Ahmed told the newspaper.

 

"I told them no, I was trying to make a clock."

 

"He said, 'It looks like a movie bomb to me.'"

 

Still, in speaking to host Chris Hayes, Boyd skirted around apologizing to Ahmed or admitting his officers made a mistake. "With what they had at that time, they made the best decision that they had at that point in time," Boyd said.

 

The chief isn't the only one declining to apologize. Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne said in a Facebook post Wednesday that police made the right decision in arresting the student.

 

"We have all seen terrible and violent acts committed in schools," Van Duyne wrote. "Perhaps some of those could have been prevented and lives could have been spared if people were more vigilant."

 

She later edited the post to remove the above language.

 

Ahmed's arrest triggered a firestorm on social media, with President Barack Obama himself speaking out in support of the bright science student.

 

As for Ahmed, he plans to attend a new high school. Good on you, bud. 

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...4510e4b08820d9187013

Sarah Palin's daughter said President Obama shouldn't have invited Ahmed to the White House.  Who are these fuckers exactly??? These Palins have so much to say. Worry about all that ice melting in Alaska and hope your funky ass doesn't drown. God's trying to wipe heaps of you off the planet now. California's Dornerized to the max right now, thanks to the LAPD Negro Chefs. Worry about climate change, when those storms, fires, floods, earthquakes and whatever else can be doled upon your ass, you won't have time to worry about Ahmed or President Obama. Any oil spills in Alaska lately?  How's your water? Got enough to wash your buttocks and drink?  That's all you have to worry about. I can't even remember your name, so I can't address you by whatever it is. Who cares really? Not I.

http://www.geekwire.com/2015/h...ade-clock-to-school/

 

It’s been quite the week for Ahmed Mohamed.

The 14-year-old was arrested this past Monday at his Irving, Texas high school after bringing a homemade clock into class to show his teacher at MacArthur High School. He was then questioned by police and taken into custody for building what the police call a “hoax bomb.”

Mohamed was eventually released after police did not file charges. However, that was certainly not the end of it, as the story went viral across the Internet. Many supported Mohamed’s inventive curiosity — though some wondered how “inventive” the clock actually was — and President Obama even invited the teen to visit the White House. Mohamed was hailed as a hero, with other tech leaders like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Box CEO Aaron Levie inviting him to visit their Silicon Valley offices.

Now, Microsoft is showing Mohamed some love. Here’s a tweet from Alia Salem, executive director of the Dallas Council on American-Islamic Relations, who has joined Mohamed during TV interviews throughout the past week.

A Surface Pro 3, a Microsoft Band, a 3D printer, an Office 365 subscription, and much more. Not bad, Ahmed.

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