14-Year old is accused of practicing terroristic acts

Earlier this month, Ahmed Mohamed, a freshmen in Irving, Texas was arrested for building a bomb and bringing it to school. The incident instantly went viral when the teenager was pictured confused, handcuffed, and sporting a NASA t-shirt.

The day began with Ahmed showing his engineer teacher his new project, a homemade clock. His teacher was impressed but advised him not to show any other teachers, so Ahmed stuck it in his pencil box until it began to beep later that day in his english class. Ahmed took it out to try and shut the beeping off which is when things turned awry. Ahmeds english teacher mistook the home-made clock for a bomb and called the front office. From then the school neglected to evacuate the school, call the bomb squad, or isolate the “bomb”. Instead they called the police and held Ahmed and his clock in the office. From there the police proceeded to handcuff Ahmed and bring him to the juvenile detention center. What did they do with this ticking time “bomb”? They put it in the back of a police car and took pictures of the young man’s creation.

America rallied for  Ahmed Mohamed posting #istandwithahmed over 40,000 times the day following the incident. Ahmed received invitations and praise from Google, Facebook, Space Camp, MIT (his dream college), and the White House. Bobak Ferdowsi, American systems engineer at NASA even offered Ahmed the chance at a job working with Nasa; “Hey Ahmed, give me a call in a couple years. We could always  use smart, curious & creative people.”

Not everybody stood with Ahmed, however. Some of whom included former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin. “If that’s a clock, I’m the Queen of England” said Sarah Palin after reviewing the event. “Yep, believing that’s a clock in a school pencil box is like believing Barack Obama is ruling over the most transparent administration in history.” She also proceeded to call President Obama “childish” for supporting the young entrepreneur.

Ms. van Duyne, Mayor of Irving, Texas, stated “I do not fault the school or the police for looking into what they saw as a potential threat. They have procedures to run when a possible threat or criminal act is discovered. They follow these procedures in the sole interest of protecting our children and school personnel. To the best of my knowledge, they followed protocol for investigating whether this was an attempt to bring a hoax bomb to a school campus. Following this

investigation, Irving PD has stated no charges will be filed against the student. I hope this incident does not serve as a deterrent against our police and school personnel from maintaining the safety and security of our schools.”

Ahmed does not believe he will be returning to Irving High school but he does intend to continue to create new technologies and continue in his engineering path.