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Muslim Student Arrested After Homemade Clock Was Mistaken For Bomb



A 14-year-old boy was arrested by police in Texas after a homemade clock he wanted to show his school teachers was mistaken for a bomb, according to the BBC.

Ahmed Mohamed was charged with making a “hoax bomb,” according to NBC.

Mohamed brought his homemade clock to school to show his engineering teacher.

“He was like, ‘That’s really nice,’” the boy told Dallas Morning News. “‘I would advise you not to show any other teachers.’”



The boy reportedly kept the clock inside his school bag in English class, but his teacher complained when the alarm on the device went off.

His teacher became startled after he showed her the device.

“She was like, it looks like a bomb,” he said.

“I told her, ‘It doesn’t look like a bomb to me.’”

The teacher kept the clock and then alerted school authorities who called the police.

The boy was pulled out of class in sixth period by his principal and taken to a room with police officers.

“They took me to a room filled with five officers in which they interrogated me and searched through my stuff and took my tablet and my invention,” the teen said. “They were like, ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’ I told them no, I was trying to make a clock.”

But his questioner responded, “It looks like a movie bomb to me.”

Irving Independent School District spokeswoman Lesley Weaver declined to discuss the case, though she confirmed that a MacArthur High School student was arrested on campus.

“Around 3 p.m. yesterday, a MacArthur High School student was arrested on campus by the Irving Police Department. School officials have been cooperating fully with the police investigation, and while privacy laws prevent us from sharing specific details about student discipline, we can assure everyone that school administrators are handling the situation in accordance with the Irving ISD Student Code of Conduct and applicable laws.

“We always ask our students and staff to immediately report if they observe any suspicious items and/or suspicious behavior,” she wrote. “If something is out of the ordinary, the information should be reported immediately to a school administrator and/or the police so it can be addressed right away. We will always take necessary precautions to protect our students and keep our school community as safe as possible.”

The boy’s father believes the incident happened because of their Muslim background.

“He just wants to invent good things for mankind,” the father told Dallas News, who immigrated from Sudan. “But because his name is Mohamed and because of Sept. 11, I think my son got mistreated.”

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