Irving’s police chief announced Wednesday that charges won’t be filed against Ahmed Mohamed, the MacArthur High School freshman arrested Monday after he brought what school officials and police described as a “hoax bomb” on campus.
I built an electronic hobby clock when I was about this kids age, but it wasn’t in a suitcase, it was in a tuna can. My tuna can clock didn’t alarm anyone. True, that was pre-9/11, quite a different time, but nobody would have arrested me had I chosen a suitcase over a can.
Now is a time when common sense would say to a Muslim teenager and his parents, don’t build a clock in a suitcase, just don’t. You likely are as innocent as Bambi, but don’t build a clock in a suitcase because you’re an Arab looking Muslim and your clock looks like a suitcase bomb which everyone has heard of and not a suitcase clock which nobody has ever heard of. Parent’s use common sense and teach your children the same.
As for the teacher calling this in to authorities, I can certainly understand their position. For someone who has never built a clock in either a can or a suitcase it’d be pretty tough to pick out the clock from a bomb. Try it. I just snipped this from a Google search. Quick, which is the clock?
And authorities, maybe you were a little harsh, but I won’t blame you a bit after the Marathon Bombings.
I think this whole thing falls back onto the parents. Them, sending their Arab looking Muslim kid to school with a suitcase clock was about as dumb as me, a white Christian guy, sending my kid to school with a rope to show his friends a knot he learned called a noose, and how to spell a new word that starts with an “N” and ends with a “double ga er.” Either situation is asking for trouble and should be avoided.