By Hope Su
Ahmed Mohamed, a high school freshman, was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to show his teacher in Irving, Texas. One of his teachers who believed the clock which was made out of a pencil case was a bomb reported Mohammed, who was later arrested.
“They arrested me and told me I committed a crime of a hoax bomb, a fake bomb,” Mohamed told his local news station.
Mohamed, a Muslim of Sudanese descent, is very talented when it comes to electronics and is nicknamed the “Inventor Kid” by his peers. He brought his latest creation, a clock he had assembled, to school one day and ended up being arrested.
Not only was he questioned by police for having an ulterior motive, he was also detained and not allowed to contact his worried parents. In addition, he was also suspended for three days.
Mohamed’s story went viral gaining tweets from President Obama and NASA amongst many others. The president tweeted “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.”
Later, Mohamed even received a scholarship to Space Camp USA.
Mohamed’s treatment brings up many racial issues in America today. Mohamed tweeted, “Thank you fellow supporters. We can ban together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again.”
Because of the tragedy that occurred on 9/11, Americans have become extremely paranoid, especially when it comes to those of Muslim faith and descent.
In the case of Mohamed, after the clock was confiscated, it was not necessary to arrest the boy. Mohamed faced disciplinary action and was punished for plugging his clock into an outlet during English class, that should have been the end of it. There’s no reason as to why he had to be arrested.
Adults set the example for the younger generation. The school district’s actions encouraged racism and discrimination among Mohamed’s peers. Mohamed has since left MacArthur High School.
People should be more like Mohamed who carries himself not as a victim, but as an example of someone who has defied stereotypes and achieved success in the process.