When 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed presented his teacher with a homemade clock, his teacher felt threatened, thinking it was a bomb, and called the police. Young Mohamed, who dreams of becoming an engineer, was immediately handcuffed, arrested and escorted off of the school’s premises.
“They arrested me and they told me that I committed the crime of a hoax bomb, a fake bomb,” the freshman later explained to WFAA after authorities released him.
When Mohamed asked authorities if he could make a phone call to his father, the authorities said no. Eventually, the police called his father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed. The boy’s father said that when he arrived at the police station, “I asked if I could talk to or speak to my son and they told me, ‘No, not right now’ because they were taking his fingerprints and asking him questions,” he told CNN.
Thankfully, the charges were dropped Wednesday when authorities realized that the clock was in fact, nothing more than a clock. The police, however, were not at all apologetic.
“We attempted to question the juvenile about what it was and he would simply only say it was a clock. He didn’t offer any explanation as to what it was for, why he created this device, why he brought it to school,” said James McLellan, Irving Police.
Though charges were dropped and the “faux bomb” has been cleared, Mohamed remains suspended from school until Thursday, which leaves us asking a host of questions.
Primarily, why is Mohamed still suspended from school although authorities confirmed that the clock was, in fact, not a bomb?
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