14-year-old Texas student Ahmed Mohamed made a homemade alarm clock as another one of his inventions.
He is just like a regular teenager, he goes to school, does his work, and spends time with family and friends. Once difference is he like to invent things and make them his own.
Mohamed constructed his own alarm clock and brought it to school to show his engineer teacher. The teacher liked it but stated to him "I would advise you not to show any other teachers."
Mohamed listened to his teacher and kept it to himself, until the alarm went off in his English class, and his teacher saw it and stated "looks like a bomb", and she kept it and reported it to the principal who in turn called the police and escorted Mohamed out of class to ask questions and arrest him.
Police spokesman James McLellan stated that authorities, "have no information that he claimed it was a bomb. He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation.". He later 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? Do we take him into custody?" Clearly, not everyone felt that way.
Mohamed describes the event to multiple media outlets, “They took me to a room filled with five officers” he said. “They interrogated me, and searched through my stuff and took my tablet and my invention... The clock itself was housed in a box you could get at Target for $5 or $10, but the officers accused him of making a movie bomb... It made me feel like a criminal..."
Mohamed's father, a Sudanese immigrant, described why he feels the real problem is Mohamed's nationality, "He just wants to invent good things for mankind... but because his name is Mohamed and because of Sept. 11, I think my son got mistreated."
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