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#IStandWithAhmed: Obama Offers White House Invitation To ‘Hoax Bomb’ Muslim Boy

No charges were brought against a 14-year-old Muslim boy in Irving, Texas who was arrested for bringing his homemade electronic alarm clock to school on Monday. However, the incident raises questions about profiling and where to draw the line regarding what exactly is a dangerous item to bring to one’s place of education. People from all walks of life were quick to condemn the actions of the school and the local police, all the way up to President Barack Obama.

Mohamed was a member of his middle school’s robotics club and brought the device to MacArthur High School to show his new high school teacher what he was capable of. His new teacher reportedly told Mohamed that it was ‘nice’ but told him not to show it to any other teachers. The device’s alarm sounded during Mohamed’s English class and his English teacher thought it looked like a bomb, confiscated the device and sent Mohamed to the principal’s office – where he was met by five Irving police officers. Mohamed was subsequently arrested and handcuffed.

According to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, the boy was questioned, fingerprinted and even subjected to having mugshots taken, even though he repeatedly told police officers that his homemade device was a simple clock and of no danger to anyone.  Mohamed told NBC Dallas Fort Worth that his family’s last name was raised by police on multiple occasions. “I really don’t think it’s fair, because I brought something to school that wasn’t a threat to anyone. I didn’t do anything wrong. I just showed my teachers something and I end up being arrested later that day,” he said.

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