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Old 16 September 2015, 03:29 PM
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Default Irving 9th-grader arrested after taking homemade clock to school

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Ahmed Mohamed — who makes his own radios and repairs his own go-kart — hoped to impress his teachers when he brought a homemade clock to MacArthur High on Monday.

Instead, the school phoned police about Ahmed’s circuit-stuffed pencil case.

So the 14-year-old missed the student council meeting and took a trip in handcuffs to juvenile detention. His clock now sits in an evidence room. Police say they may yet charge him with making a hoax bomb — though they acknowledge he told everyone who would listen that it’s a clock.
Irving 9th-grader arrested after taking homemade clock to school: 'So you tried to make a bomb?'
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Old 16 September 2015, 03:42 PM
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Notice what the school and police did not do: they didn't evacuate the school or call the bomb squad.

Either they're far more incompetent when it comes to dealing with bomb threats than they let on, or they knew it wasn't really a bomb the whole time and this was done only because they wanted an excuse to harass and intimidate a kid based on his skin color and name.
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Old 16 September 2015, 03:49 PM
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“They were like, ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’” Ahmed said.

“I told them no, I was trying to make a clock.”

“He said, ‘It looks like a movie bomb to me.’”
A "movie bomb"? Did this officer think he was living in action movie?
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Old 16 September 2015, 04:00 PM
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“It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car. The concern was, what was this thing built for? Do we take him into custody?”
Ok I can see this as being somewhat reasonable (and given this happened on Sept 11th I can even understand the extra concern) but the child told a teacher about it when he arrived at the school that morning! If he'd kept it hidden and the first sign anyone had about it was when it beeped in class maybe some extra scrutiny would have been in order. But as things played out, not so much.

ETA: oops read the story too quickly, Sept 11th was mentioned but it was not because this happened on that day!

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Old 16 September 2015, 05:02 PM
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Note to Police and School Officials:
In order to be a bomb it must contain an explosive.
If you are not aware of this fact then you are much too stupid for your job.


I hope the principle and the cops are required to stand in front of the school wearing signs reading "I AM AN IDIOT".
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Old 16 September 2015, 05:05 PM
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That's a sad, sad story...

When the colour of a person's skin and a bunch of wires make one a "hoax bomb maker" and not a "tinkerer"

Like many commenters said, if he was a white kid, called John Smith, would the police have been called?
I think they would not.
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Old 16 September 2015, 05:12 PM
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This is why U.S. students can't keep up, let alone get ahead, in STEM.
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Old 16 September 2015, 05:13 PM
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This is why U.S. students can't keep up, let alone get ahead, in STEM.
I suspect that isn't true.
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Old 16 September 2015, 05:14 PM
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The story's been updated. The police are, at least, not going to charge him.

However, according to the story, in the conference in which they announced it, they also said

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officers determined it was "a hoax bomb"
Um, no. Just because you leapt to the conclusion that anything with wires attached could reasonably be taken for a bomb doesn't mean that it was a hoax bomb. It was a clock.
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Old 16 September 2015, 05:15 PM
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As a result, he said, no charges will be filed against Ahmed, and "the case is considered closed." He also said "the reaction would have been the same regardless" of the student's skin color.
[sarcasm]Yeah, we would have reacted that way to anyone named Ahmed Mohamed.[/sarcasm]
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Old 16 September 2015, 05:53 PM
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now the question is will he get his clock back?
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Old 16 September 2015, 06:04 PM
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I hope he will, since the President would like to see it:

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"Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?," @POTUS tweeted. "We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great."
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Old 17 September 2015, 12:25 AM
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There are so many much easier ways make simple timers for setting off explosive than building your own clock.
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Old 17 September 2015, 01:06 AM
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I think the idea that it wasn’t actually a clock, just a bomb that was disguised as a clock. I am betting that in these guys’s ideas of bombs are not all that sophisticated and they really don’t know what real bobs look like or how they work.

You wouldn’t even need a clock since there are probably a ton of ways to get a bomb to detonate. And even if you wanted to use a timer based one, you would can just get a cheap kitchen timer that costs 5 bucks and would likely be far more reliable.
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Old 17 September 2015, 02:59 AM
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There is so much wrong with this that I can only shake my head.

On the plus side, they're doing a lot of things to make the chances improve for suing the pants off them.
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Old 17 September 2015, 06:25 AM
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Thought better of it waffles.
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Old 17 September 2015, 07:08 AM
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Nobody gets this, do they? It was a clock. Clocks control time, and time is eventually going to kill everybody. He was trying to kill everybody. That's a lot worse than a bomb!
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Old 17 September 2015, 07:20 AM
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Remember when students being suspended for sharing an inhaler with another student who was having an asthma attack used to be the height of school official paranoia and incompetence? Remember how we thought it couldn't get any more stupid and nonsensical? Oh how naive we were.
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Old 17 September 2015, 08:54 AM
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They seem like a very chilled family, Ahmed Mohammed's family offers pizza to crowd of waiting media at his home
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