Clock-Making Student Ahmed Mohamed Invited To The White House By POTUS Himself

Man, Ahmed Mohamed sure is having a wild week. On Monday, the Texas ninth grader was interrogated and then arrested for building an electronic clock from scratch that his dumbfuck teachers, the principal and the police decided resembled a bomb. A lot has happened since our post about this situation this morning, so I’ve put together this roundup of the various developments thus far.

The school has continued to justify their actions against the teen. They insist that they took the necessary steps to protect the student body, despite the fact that all charges against Mohamed have been dropped. Yesterday, MacArthur High School principal Dan Cummings sent a memo to parents about the incident, but using very vague language that deflects from the fact that there was NO threat, instead focusing on urging parents to talk to their kids about not bringing prohibited items to school – you know, like clocks, I guess? — and to be vigilant about “suspicious” items and behavior. [The Verge]

Meanwhile, the police may have dropped their case against Mohamed, but they are standing by their decision to interrogate and then arrest him. According to the Dallas Morning News, police spokesman James McLellan said that it was Mohamed’s insistence that he had just made a clock that left officers oh so fucking confused.

“He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation,” McLellan said. “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?”

I DON’T KNOW, TO TELL THE TIME? [NY Times]

It’s clear that Ahmed Mohamed was wrongfully arrested, but his interrogation was straight up unlawful. Ahmed repeatedly asked school administrators and the police if he could speak to his parents, and his request was denied time after time. He was arrested, handcuffed (there are photos corroborating this account), taken to juvenile detention, fingerprinted and interrogated without his parents present, which directly violates Texas Family Code. When asked why Mohamed’s requests to see and speak to his parents were denied, Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said he did “not have answers to [that] specific question.” [The Daily Beast]

Which means that Admed Mohamed and his parents have pretty solid grounds for a lawsuit. I, for one, was thrilled when they tweeted this photo of them on their way to visit a lawyer:

Speaking of Twitter, Ahmed has gotten loads of support from people all over the world. Many of them are using the hashtags #IStandWithAhmed and #HelpAhmedMake and tweeting photos of themselves with clocks.

And, as I hoped, some very powerful folks are also throwing their support behind the freshman. MIT, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and POTUS himself extending invitations to Ahmed and his invention:

You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Talk about a weird week. This situation should have NEVER occurred, and is illustrative of anti-Muslim sentiments, as well as emblematic of an educational system that not only stifles children’s creativity and innovation, but punishes them for it. I can only hope Ahmed Mohamed manages to turn these lemons into some pretty spectacular lemonade.