It appears today that the hottest topic trending right now is not Donald Trump (surprisingly), but an award winning 14 year old inventor named Ahmed Mohamed. This innovative and talented high school freshman was arrested Monday by Irving Police and was later released that evening back home to his parents. Ahmed had brought one of his recent inventions in the form of a briefcase and a device consisting of a digital clock to class to show to his teacher and students. In a twist of events, his invention was mistaken for a bomb and that's when things got out of hand. His English teacher had confiscated the items and Irving Police arrived to detain and bring the boy into custody for further questioning.
Irving police officer James McLellan had this statement to say about Ahmed. "We attempted to question the juvenile about what it was and he would simply only say it was a clock. He didn't offer any explanation as to what it was for, why he created this device, why he brought it to school,"
Irving PD reported that Ahmed was being passive aggressive when it came to police questioning the boy about his invention and that he was also being uncooperative.
Executive Director of the Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Alia Salem is a renowned and well-respected representative for the Islamic community and was quick to help bring justice for Ahmed. She felt that this was a violation to his constitutional rights and that his race may have well played a role in the treatment and punishment for the student. She is currently speaking to Ahmed’s attorney to review the case for court so that the student can resume his studies at Irving McArthur High school. Ahmed is currently serving a three-day suspension as a result of his actions, even though his invention was reviewed not to be a bomb. An open statement by the principal for the district was released in relation to the decisions.
"We always ask our students and staff to immediately report if they observe any suspicious items and/or suspicious behavior."
Sept. 16, 2015, Irving, TX, Irving McArthur High School