14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested after a MacArthur High School teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The school is located in Dallas, Texas.
The hashtag IStandWithAhmed quickly overtook Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets.
The school’s principal and police officers questioned the Muslim teenager, searched his belongings and marched him out of the school in handcuffs. School officials as well as the police department have stated that race did not have anything to do with the drastic measures they took after seeing Mohamed’s invention. To us, that sounds like B.S..
Shortly after Mohamed’s arrest and after the charges were dropped, President Obama tweeted the following:
So here we have a 14-year-old child, with aspiring dreams to continue his education at MIT after high school, making a homemade clock to impress his teacher and he gets arrested. Ahmed is clearly a very intelligent child and instead of taking such drastic measures to arrest a child, his creation should have been looked as a sign of true intelligence, ambition and motivation.
Most 14-year-old’s go home after school, play video games and sit around doing nothing. This kid sits in his room and creates clock, using circuitry and information that he has learned outside of school and he gets punished and made out to look like he is some sort of terrorist.
Children from around the globe can learn from kids like Ahmed. He is clearly driven, has a more than average intellect and is not afraid to learn. The fact that his name and nationality supposedly didn’t have anything to do with the arrest and accusations is complete and utter B.S..
I grew up in a small town in Maine where 99.9% of the population is Caucasian. If a child from my school back then, or my children’s school now walked in with a creation like Ahmed’s, he or she would be praised and asked to show the class how it was created. Ahmed’s arrest was a horrible judgement call made by the high school and law enforcement.
Today’s society is weakening academically. The children of today are reading less, learning more noneducational nonsense and their motivation has weakened. Take out Ahmed’s race and name from the equation and ask yourself if we would even be reading about this young man. We wouldn’t.
There are terrorists all over this world. It may come as a surprise, but terrorists come in races and vary in gender. It is one thing to be cautious of your surroundings, it is another to profile people and create over dramatic situations.
So, this world needs more kids like Ahmed. I would hire a clock building Muslim kid any day over half of today’s youth.