A Texas 9th-grader makes an electronic clock and brings it to school. Teachers immediately become stupid and call the police:
The bell rang at least twice, he said, while the officers searched his belongings and questioned his intentions. The principal threatened to expel him if he didn’t make a written statement, he said.
“They were like, ‘So you tried to make a bomb?'” Ahmed said.
“I told them no, I was trying to make a clock.”
“He said, It looks like a movie bomb to me.'”
The student’s name is Ahmed Mohamed, which certainly didn’t help.
I am reminded of the 2007 story of an MIT student getting arrested for bringing a piece of wearable electronic art to the airport. And I wrote about the “war on the unexpected” back in 2007, too.
We simply have to stop terrorizing ourselves. We just look stupid when we do it.
EDITED TO ADD: New York Times article. Glenn Greenwald commentary.
EDITED TO ADD (9/21): There’s more to the story. He’s been invited to the White House, Google, MIT, and Facebook, and offered internships by Reddit and Twitter. On the other hand, Sarah Palin doesn’t believe it was just a clock. And he’s changing schools.
EDITED TO ADD (10/13): Two more essays.
Posted on September 16, 2015 at 10:09 AM •