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#IStandWithAhmed: Story of Muslim-American teenager arrested for bringing clock to school goes viral (Updated)

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Update: Here’s the latest press conference with Ahmed Mohamed:

Original opening:

Islamophobia ran amok on Monday with the arrest and interrogation of 14 year old aspiring inventor, Ahmed Mohamed. Mohamed brought a homemade clock to school to impress his teacher at MacArthur High in Irving, Texas, but instead of encouraging words his teacher and principal called in the police. Mohamed was then interrogated without his parents present, handcuffed and hauled down to the local juvenile detention. Ahmed Mohamed is Muslim. His teacher thought his clock was a bomb. After Mohamed’s arrest went viral, and by Tuesday night it spiraled into a tidal wave of support. His arrest made national news this morning and the rest is history. We’re watching it unfold today:

Using the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed support is pouring in from across the nation. Ahmed’s sisters set up a twitter account, @IStandWithAhmed and he tweeted out his thanks to fellow supports with the message

And:

We can ban together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again”.

Expect to see a lot more more clocks today!

Ordinary people are getting in on the action:

Events are moving so fast The Dallas Morning News has set up a liveblog covering events. This is going to be fun to watch, we love all the support this boy has received. As events unfold, let’s hope this becomes a transformational moment for our country. I’m likely not alone thinking maybe it’s time for Irving police and school officials to be interrogated. After all, in Texas, students are allowed to carry concealed handguns on college campuses. But if you’re Muslim, homemade clocks are off limits? Listen to Ahmed tell his story.

Now top trending hashtag on twitter, Ahmed Mohamed’s story has gone international. Here’s The Dallas Morning News new video from Family adjusting to Ahmed Mohamed’s sudden fame as police announce no charges for clock deemed ‘hoax bomb’:

Watch the explosion: Update: Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director @  tweets a crowdfunding campaign has been set up for Ahmed’s scholarship, “The funds will be used to help Ahmed further his education and to help other curious students like him interested in STEM fields

Thanks to Gamal

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  1. annie
    annie
    September 16, 2015, 2:37 pm

    after the white house maybe ahmed will need to go on tour. he’s just been invited to visit facebook, i read google invited him earlier today

    and look who else noticed:

  2. doug
    doug
    September 16, 2015, 2:37 pm

    Reminds me of the time Star Simpson, an MIT EE student, wore a circuit prototype board with LEDs on in in a “Star” pattern when she went to Logan International to meet her boyfriend. Total freakout. Arrested for a bomb hoax and was nearly shot. She was formally charged. The whole thing was dumb overreaction probably because too many people watching too much television were under the impression that terrorist bombers put flashing lights on their sweater. You know, bombs always have flashing lights, maybe make some sort of noise, and stuff. Completely insane and indicates some serious lack of training.

  3. Mooser
    Mooser
    September 16, 2015, 2:49 pm

    I hope somebody interviews the wonderful teacher, this paragon of the Texas School system, and the principal. Perhaps Juanita Jean will. She’s already got an article up:

    “High school in Irving, Texas, is not Intelligence Central. And you know that because a science teacher at that school didn’t know the difference between a digital clock and a bomb.”

    “Welcome to Texas Ahmed. It’s About Time”

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        September 17, 2015, 9:38 pm

        Thanks JLD.

        The first comment to that article:

        UmptyDump says:
        September 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm

        You can let this genius principal know what you think by emailing him at: [email protected]
        Here’s what I sent him regarding his handling of the Ahmed Mohamed fiasco:
        If the your actions as reported in the news media with respect to this student are even half-true, you should be relieved of your position as principal of MacArthur High School.
        Your behavior has given the lie to the statements in your welcome letter to students and parents:
        “Our mission at MacArthur High School is to meet the needs of culturally diverse students who will be equipped to become productive citizens and critical thinkers in a global society.”
        “One of our goals for the 2015-16 school year is to see that the parents and guardians of students -like the students themselves – feel at home at MacArthur.”
        … And then your response to an enterprising and creative student with no harmful intent is to have him arrested and then suspend him for three days?
        The only leg you have to stand on for your response appears on page 6 of your school’s Student Code of Conduct, listing “Possession of Prohibited Items” – “Any articles not generally considered to be weapons, including school supplies, when the principal or designee determines that a danger exists.”
        If you determined that Ahmed’s enterprising clock construction constituted a danger, then truly you are bereft of sufficient common sense to be a high school principal.
        President Obama has invited Ahmed to the White House. Maybe he should invite you as well, and you can enlighten Mr. Obama on what a great “critical thinker” you are as a school administrator.

        Ahmed’s school prinipal: [email protected]

  4. Kay24
    Kay24
    September 16, 2015, 2:58 pm

    This would not have happened had this kid been white and Christian or Jewish. This is nothing but a racist act by a bunch of school officials who should have known better. Given the kid’s brilliance and interest in robotics, they should have realized this was simply a smart kid trying to enjoy something the school should be aware of. These are our future scientists and he might make his country proud one day. Shame on these Texans.

    It seems he has now earned some friends in high places!

    Alia Salem, the director of the North Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called the arrest an egregious and inappropriate response. Her group is meeting with an attorney Wednesday morning to consider legal action.

    “The fact remains this kid is a really bright student, an award-winning robotics inventor and tinkerer,” she told The Huffington Post. “They automatically jumped to a conclusion that I don’t believe they would’ve jumped to had he been ‘Jimmy.'” Huffingtonpost

    • mijj
      mijj
      September 17, 2015, 3:56 pm

      > “This is nothing but a racist act by a bunch of school officials who should have known better. ”

      .. and is the result of relentless, calculated, full-spectrum propaganda to paint all things Islam as the new Evil.

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        September 17, 2015, 5:07 pm

        Well haters in the US who are pro zionists (like Pamela Geller) and other bigots have a campaign to demonize Islam and all Muslims, and are backed by unknown elements, who are putting in millions of dollars for this evil campaign. The ignorant Americans buy that propaganda without any research or educated thought, and are convinced that it is indeed an evil religion.
        Geller and Geert Wilders (another anti Islam bigot) from the Netherlands seem to be two peas in a pod, and who knows what devious plans are being cooked up.

  5. annie
    annie
    September 16, 2015, 3:10 pm

    hundreds of news article going up including tech press. and check out wapo’s

    Why Ahmed Mohamed should be a topic at Wednesday’s GOP debate http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/09/16/why-ahmed-mohamed-should-be-a-topic-at-wednesdays-gop-debate/

  6. annie
    annie
    September 16, 2015, 3:28 pm

    did you see the update re crowd funding campaign? when i first checked it out the amount was $900, that was about 1/2 hour ago. it’s now at $2,716. exciting. ;)

    • Kris
      Kris
      September 16, 2015, 8:55 pm

      Crowd funding? I hope he sues and wins a huge award!

  7. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    September 16, 2015, 4:18 pm

    OTOH — White kid builds nuclear reactor and homeland security offers help.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/white-kid-builds-nuclear-reactor-and-homeland-security-offers-help/

    Guess they wanted to keep an eye on it, but no arrest.

  8. Kay24
    Kay24
    September 16, 2015, 6:14 pm

    If you listen to the police officer justify the arrest you realize it was totally not necessary.

    He say Ahmed was handcuffed “for his own safety”

    Was he armed? No

    Apart from the humiliation, the poor kid must have been terrified.

    Yeah, a fine way to treat a Muslim kid.

  9. annie
    annie
    September 16, 2015, 7:07 pm

    i updated it again with a new video at the top w/press release. this kid is sooo cute. and what an awesome personality.

  10. JWalters
    JWalters
    September 16, 2015, 7:28 pm

    This is Israel’s anti-Muslim bigotry campaign infesting America, directly undermining America’s Constitutional value of freedom of religion. It’s no accident that Ted Cruz, the Goldman Sachs Senator, was deployed to the large racist population of Texas.

    This is a mini version of the bigotry inherent in “Zionism = Nakba denial”.

  11. ritzl
    ritzl
    September 16, 2015, 8:20 pm

    His science teacher advises him not to show the clock to other teachers? What’s that about?

    Sounds like some kind of bogus “total [Arab] awareness” training program was in operation.

  12. JWalters
    JWalters
    September 16, 2015, 8:40 pm

    Joke I once saw on the wall of a gas station restroom in New Mexico –

    Q: What color is a Texan after eating a box of Exlax?

    A: Crystal clear.

    (In fairness, that should probably be “most Texans”.)

  13. lonely rico
    lonely rico
    September 16, 2015, 9:19 pm

    His science teacher advises him not to show the clock to other teachers? What’s that about?

    It’s very difficult for science teachers to admit that time is a mystery, they don’t really know what Ahmed’s clock is measuring –

  14. Mooser
    Mooser
    September 16, 2015, 9:40 pm

    Here’s the Sharia-fightin Mayor of Ahmed’s Texas town! A wanna be Ann Coulter.

    “To her supporters, Irving, Texas Mayor Beth Van Duyne is a tough-as-nails politician who’s not afraid to take on Islam.”

    Deep in the heart of Texas.

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      September 16, 2015, 11:28 pm

      Take a look at Mayor Beth Van Duyn . . . . A wanna be Ann Coulter.

      P.S. About Beth – Beth Van Duyne For Mayor of Irving – http://bethforirving.com/about

      • just
        just
        September 17, 2015, 12:12 am

        Here’s Coulter tonight:

        “Ann Coulter Accuses Republican Candidates of Pandering to ‘F—ing Jews’

        Controversial pundit tweets ‘how many f—ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?’ after several candidates in Republican debate stress improved U.S. ties with Israel.”

        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.676293?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

        btw:

        “Obama and Netanyahu to meet at White House to discuss Iran nuclear deal…

        …The United States has committed to provide more than $7.18bn in security aid to Israel over the next year, and officials have floated the possibility of signing a new 10-year agreement about US-Israeli security cooperation. But Netanyahu’s government has reacted tepidly to that proposal, out of concern that signing such a deal would suggest Israeli acquiescence to the nuclear accord. …”

        http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/sep/16/obama-netanyahu-white-house-meeting-iran-nuclear-deal

        The Iran Accord is done, but the American taxpayers must pay the price.

        UGH. This ‘relationship’ is sick, dysfunctional, and dangerous!

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        September 17, 2015, 7:10 am

        Just, the relationship between the President/WH/US with Israel reminds me of an abused wife, who keeps making excuses for her abusive, and manipulative husband, and goes back to him again and again, after a pummeling. It is sickening.

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        September 17, 2015, 9:40 pm

        RE: “[T]he relationship between the President/WH/US with Israel reminds me of an abused wife, who keeps making excuses for her abusive, and manipulative husband, and goes back to him again and again, after a pummeling. It is sickening.” ~ Kay24

        FOR EXAMPLE:

        [Hillary] Clinton vowed to preserve Israel’s qualitative military edge and suggested renewing its current security package (currently $3 billion a year in U.S. aid) this year rather than waiting until it expires in 2017 — both non-controversial policies that would have the backing of any American president. But she add that she’d invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit the White House within her first month in office, noting that “tough love” for the country is counterproductive because it invites other countries to delegitimize Israel. . .

        SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/politicians-clinton-netanyahu

  15. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    September 16, 2015, 10:49 pm

    Boy I have I been busy!
    I’ve been tearing this place apart looking for “bombs”.

    “BOMBS” I’VE FOUND THUS FAR:
    ✔ Inside HP desktop computer
    ✔ Inside (inoperable) Gateway desktop computer
    ✔ Inside Emachine desktop computer
    ✔ Inside (inoperable) Dell notebook computer
    ✔ Inside Samsung 23″ flat screen monitor
    ✔ Inside HP 19″ CRT monitor
    ✔ Inside HP 17″ flat screen monitor
    ✔ Inside Apple iMac‎ desktop computer
    ✔ Inside Toshiba notebook computer
    ✔ Inside Samsung Chromebook
    ✔ Inside Acer Chromebox
    ✔ Inside Nexus 7 tablet
    ✔ Inside Melodi Bluetooth speaker system
    ✔ Inside Polaroid portable Bluetooth speaker
    ✔ Inside Toshiba television
    ✔ Inside Philips television
    ✔ Inside Samsung Bluray player / internet streamer
    ✔ Inside 2 Sony learning remote controls
    ✔ Inside Denon DVD player
    ✔ Inside Denon A/V 7.1 amplifier
    ✔ Inside Toshiba portable DVD player
    ✔ Inside Kindle # 1
    ✔ Inside Kindle # 2
    AND I’M JUST GETTIN’ STARTED, Y’ALL! ! !

    P.S. When I finish searching here, I’m gonna check out the neighbors on both sides (out of an abundance of caution)! Better safe than sorry! ! !

  16. michelle
    michelle
    September 16, 2015, 11:23 pm

    .
    “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days….”
    -F.D.R.-
    .
    G-d Bless
    .

    • tokyobk
      tokyobk
      September 17, 2015, 12:31 am

      It’s a great quote, but then again FDR had all the Japanese living on the West Coast rounded up and put in camps out of, well, fear, since the vast majority were proven loyal citizens.

      • michelle
        michelle
        September 17, 2015, 11:57 am

        .
        hello tokyobk
        may Blessings fill your life
        m
        .
        i think the org. speakers meaning was a call to war quite contrary to what i hear when i read the quote (unless the speakers implication of war is/was not the bullets and bombs type) to me the words are a call to action and the only action that can offer results of any lasting worth are fearless efforts toward equality and justice based on peace love and understanding
        .
        the art of words
        .
        G-d Bless
        .

  17. lonely rico
    lonely rico
    September 17, 2015, 1:55 am

    >just
    The Iran Accord is done, but the American taxpayers must pay the price.

    Congress and the Obama administration plan to reward Israel by authorizing the transfer of “massive ordnance penetrators” and other advanced weaponry that it can use to attack Iran.

    Petition – NoWeapons4Israel.org

    http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11627&tag=ETO150916&track=ETO150916

  18. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    September 17, 2015, 8:47 am

    I love what Ahmed said when someone from the school said they wanted to meet with him and he said sure but not without his lawyer.

    The kid learns fast!

  19. joer
    joer
    September 17, 2015, 2:28 pm

    Sure, the educators of Irving seem a bit unsophisticated because their knowledge of bomb making comes from Dick Tracy cartoons..but compared Netanyahu-whose knowledge of bomb making comes from Bugs Bunny cartoons-they look like NASA scientists.

    The only thing I can think of to compare this incident to would be if a Jewish kid would be suspended for usury because he brought a calculator to school.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      September 17, 2015, 5:13 pm

      “The only thing I can think of to compare this incident to would be if a Jewish kid would be suspended for usury because he brought a calculator to school.”

      Somebody ought to Tweet that.

  20. edwardm
    edwardm
    September 17, 2015, 6:10 pm

  21. edwardm
    edwardm
    September 17, 2015, 7:45 pm

    oh. haha thanks :) this from a friends facebook post :

    I said: it’s sad they thought that kid had a bomb.
    She said: they didn’t think he had a bomb.
    I said: yes, they thought he made a bomb and even called the police.
    She said: They just wanted to humiliate a little Muslim, African boy. They didn’t think he had a bomb.
    I said: Don’t be a conspiracist. They might be a little prejudiced, but I’m sure they thought he had a bomb.
    She said: Ok.
    But they didn’t evacuate the school, like you do when there’s a bomb.
    They didn’t call a bomb squad – like you do when there’s a bomb
    They didn’t get as far away from him as possible – like you do when there’s a bomb.
    Then they put him and the clock in an office- not like you do when there’s a bomb
    Then they waited with him for the police to arrive.
    Then they put the clock in the same car as the police.
    Then they took pictures of it.
    I said: Damn -They never thought he had a bomb

  22. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb
    September 21, 2015, 10:55 am

    This youngster’s ‘problem’ was his name, his ethnicity and the colour of his skin.

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