DALLAS – Instead of encouragement for his innovative creation, 14-year-old Irving high school student Ahmed Mohamed got handcuffs when he brought a clock to school to show his teachers. The school did not even bother to call the parents of this minor child.
This situation was needlessly escalated and Ahmed was taken to juvenile detention while his clock sits in an evidence room. “Police say they may yet charge him with making a hoax bomb — though they acknowledge he told everyone who would listen that it’s a clock.” [Dallas Morning News, September 16, 2015]
For months, Irving’s mayor has made a national name for herself by stoking fears about Islam and nonexistent threats of impending takeover of Sharia law. [Dallas Morning News, July 30, 2015]
Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan issued the following statement:
“Ahmed’s arrest is a logical conclusion to Islamophobia in Irving and it’s deplorable. Because of irrational fears, the civil rights of this 14-year-old boy were violated and the school and the police have yet to apologize.
Public education is constantly underfunded and undervalued in Texas. Now creativity in a public school has been criminalized.
Suspicion and fear don’t make us safe. Keep making and building, Ahmed.”