Muslim Boy Builds Clock, Gets Mistaken for Building Bomb

Muslim Boy Builds Clock, Gets Mistaken for Building Bomb

Ahmed Mohamed was detained after his teacher notified authorities

Police detained 14-year-old Ahmed Mohammed after a teacher alerted authorities of a homemade clock he brought to class which was mistaken for a bomb.

The boy was suspended for three days from MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas after taking the clock to class on Monday.

According to a report, Ahmed showed the clock to his engineering teacher after the clock beeped during class. The clock was in his backpack.

Police are determining whether to file a charge of making a hoax bomb.

"He just wants to invent good things for mankind," Ahmed's father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, told the newspaper. "But because his name is Mohamed and because of Sept. 11, I think my son got mistreated."

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Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.

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