Inventive teen gets punished for building a home-made clock.


Clay Vesser


Ahmed Mohamed, a young and talented boy who built a clock from scratch, got arrested and escorted out of school with handcuffs on his wrists. In Dallas Texas, on Tuesday Sep. 15, Mohamed brought that clock to school. Ahmed loves to invent things, and this is just one of the many things he has invented so far. He decided to show his teachers when one of them told him it looked like a bomb. Ahmed is a Muslim and many believe he was racially profiled.

Senior Wali Anjum said about the scandal, “There is a lot of controversy around the whole thing because if they really believed it was a bomb, they would have called the bomb squad to investigate. Also, they would have evacuated the school, but none of those things happened.”

“I understand the fear and reaction from the authorities, but the situation was handled wrong from the start,” senior Fletcher Neville said. “There is a threat from terrorism in the United States, but we have to be more careful about when it is actually a terrorist attack.”

Many people took to Twitter and social media with the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed. Influential figures such as President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg all posted on social media supporting him. President Obama even invited Mohamed to visit the White House to show him the clock he built. Social media played a huge role in this misunderstanding, ultimately helping the young genius escape the trouble he should have never been in.