Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was arrested for building normal electronic clock as an engineering project. Teachers believed it to be a bomb and had police escort Mohamed of out of school in handcuffs. Police accused the teen of trying to build a bomb in Irving, Texas.
Mohamed claimed that he had made a clock at home and brought it into MacArthur High School in Irving to show his engineering teacher.
The student admitted his love for engineering and wanted to show his teachers what he could do. The teacher had congratulated him but advised to “not to show any other teachers,” according to Dallas Morning News.
Another teacher realized the project and assumed it was a clock since it had beeped
“She was like – it looks like a bomb,” said Mohamed.
The homemade clock consisted of a circuit board with wires leading to a digital display.
Officials were then contacted and questioned him.
The 14-year-old’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, fears that the incident is due to his son’s Muslim background. The father is originally from Sudan and claims that his son had been mistreated because of his name as well as to the attacks of 9/11.
Alia Salem, member Council on American-Islamic Relations stated:
“This wouldn’t even be a question if his name wasn’t Ahmed Mohamed. He is an excited kid who is very bright and wants to share it with his teachers.”