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- Social media users were not happy with the arrest of a young Muslim student who brought a clock to school.
On Monday morning, police in Irving, Texas, arrested 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for building a hoax bomb, despite the fact Mohamed told them repeatedly that it was nothing more than a clock that he built to show his engineering teacher. Instead of being praised, he was warned not to show it to anyone else. A few hours later he was called to the principal's office and interrogated by the police. They asked him if he tried to make a bomb, not believing him when he said it was just a clock. He was then arrested and taken to juvenile detention. You can read our original report here.
When the story broke, people took to social media to accuse the school and Irving police of hypocrisy and racial profiling. Not only was Mohamed praised, he was even offered a few jobs. Here are some of the reactions:
I don't know how to build a clock. We need kids like Ahmed around to build clocks for us. #IStandWithAhmed— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 16, 2015
That moment when school can't tell the diff b/w a clock & a bomb but since the kid is brown, they arrest him just in case #IStandWithAhmed— shannonwoodward (@shannonwoodward) September 16, 2015
When a kid who loves robotics builds a clock & wants to show his classmates, we should celebrate him. Not arrest him. #IStandWithAhmed— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) September 16, 2015
#IStandWithAhmed because I'm a physicist at MIT, and he's the kind of student we dream of having!— Chanda (王嬋娟) (@IBJIYONGI) September 16, 2015
Welcome to Irving, the 4th most boring city in the U.S. where you get arrested for creativity #IStandWithAhmed— Anabelle (@anabelle_xx) September 16, 2015
society is teaching a young mind that no matter what he goes to accomplish, people will only see the color of his skin #IStandWithAhmed— asap jen (@y0jenny) September 16, 2015
its that kids own fault for building a clock in Texas that tells time beyond the year 1862 #IStandWithAhmed— Matt Oswalt (@puddinstrip) September 16, 2015
But was Ahmed building a BLACK clock? #IStandWithAhmed— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 16, 2015
He was publicly accused and harassed, so he deserves public apologies from teachers, the district, and the police. #IStandWithAhmed— tasnim (@neuroluv) September 16, 2015
when I was in high school a white kid made a rocket and TOLD PEOPLE it was a bomb and still wasn't arrested. #IStandWithAhmed— farwz (@farwzaz) September 16, 2015