The school police state puts a boy in handcuffs for a “hoax bomb” that the boy claimed was a clock because it was a clock.
One of the things that bothers me about this story, is it may have been a CAIR sting operation. But the problem is that, if so, no one should have grabbed at the “bait.”
This boy should never have been put in handcuffs.
I don’t object to the school authorities being cautious (even though there shouldn’t be any school authorities; the entire public school system creates another layer of law enforcement and surveillance). But handcuffing him and inventing a ludicrous charge of making a “hoax” bomb when he had told everyone it was a clock is just wrong.
According to the original story at the Dallas Morning News:
The teacher kept the clock. When the principal and a police officer pulled Ahmed out of sixth period, he suspected he wouldn’t get it back.
They led Ahmed into a room where four other police officers waited. He said an officer he’d never seen before leaned back in his chair and remarked: “Yup. That’s who I thought it was.”
Ahmed felt suddenly conscious of his brown skin and his name — one of the most common in the Muslim religion. But the police kept him busy with questions.
The bell rang at least twice, he said, while the officers searched his belongings and questioned his intentions. The principal threatened to expel him if he didn’t make a written statement, he said.
“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.’”
Police led Ahmed out of MacArthur about 3 p.m., his hands cuffed behind him and an officer on each arm. A few students gaped in the halls. He remembers the shocked expression of his student counselor — the one “who knows I’m a good boy.”
Ahmed was spared the inside of a cell. The police sent him out of the juvenile detention center to meet his parents shortly after taking his fingerprints.
They’re still investigating the case, and Ahmed hasn’t been back to school. His family said the principal suspended him for three days.
Basically an intelligent boy with an interest in robotics and a Muslim name gets treated like garbage by the people who presume to claim to be charged with educating him and protecting him.
Another great job by the tax-feeders!
I realize it is possible that the kid is acting more naïve than he is—that he may have deliberately pushed some buttons. But there is still no reason that he should have been handcuffed, perp-walked, or taken to juvie. I don’t appreciate it when the TSA confiscates water bottles and feels up passengers and I don’t appreciate school authorities treating a clock like a crime. That is simply not right. These bureaucrats had a chance to show themselves wise and caring. They could have called in the father for a conference. Instead, they decided it was time to flex their muscles.
If you want to be angry about the media not giving enough attention to the “sting” angle, I can think of better reasons to be angry at the media. For instance, this kind of insanity happens all the time to people with stereotypically “American” names and majority racial heritages. A couple had fun with their airsoft hobby in their own home and got in massive trouble with their school. A science teacher gets banned from the classroom because some science projects involved experiments that were vaguely gun-like. A six-year-old is suspended for pointing his finger at a student. On and on it goes. Unlike racial profiling and Islam, school officials refuse to back down when they create artificial Second Amendment issues. Furthermore, there is no concerted, nationwide media campaign to embarrass the school officials into backing down.
Of course, the hypocrite-in-chief came out on Twitter about this one:
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
This is the same guy whose drones have killed people for far less provocation and who has kept the TSA fastened onto us during both his terms in office.
Postscript: As the media coverage of this gets more obnoxious, a reader wrote to me to remind me about this story of a kid suspended for A YEAR for bringing a completely harmless leaf to school, but joking that it was a marijuana leaf. No media fanfare for him! No national pressure to get the school commanders to back down! Some people’s civil rights don’t matter as much as others in the eyes of our media culture.