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Ahmed Mohamed


15 Sep, 2015

Mohamed is arrested after taking a homemade clock to school. The clock — a circuit board with a power supply wired to a digital display — is confiscated during English class because the alarm kept beeping.

She was like, it looks like a bomb. It doesn’t look like a bomb to me.

He is taken out of class by the principal and questioned by five police officers who demand to know his intentions and why he brought the device into school.

They were like, ‘So you tried to make a bomb? I told them no, I was trying to make a clock. He said, ‘It looks like a movie bomb to me’.

They take him to a juvenile detention center. He is suspended from school and may still face charges of making a hoax bomb. Mohamed’s father, who emigrated from Sudan:

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.