Wednesday, September 16, 2015
So a 9th Grader Walks into School with a Homemade Clock
And apparently school officials in Texas overreacted. Just a little bit. From the Washington Post:
Ahmed Mohamed just wanted to impress his teachers with a homemade invention. The story of what happened next has made the 14-year-old from Irving, Tex., the object of national outrage and attention.
Eager to show off to his engineering teacher, Mohamed walked into MacArthur High School on Monday morning with his hastily assembled invention: A digital clock.
Hours later, the ninth-grader was escorted out of the school in police custody after teachers mistook the device for a bomb.
Note; he showed it to his engineering teacher who thought it was cool but warned him not to show any other teachers. But it beeped in English class, he showed it to the teacher who said it looked like a bomb.
They took him out wearing a NASA t-shirt and handcuffs.
Twitter and social media is exploding with this story - #IStandWithAhmed.
President Obama tweeted:
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg extended an invitation to Mohamed to meet him at the social media giant’s California headquarters. #IStandWithAhmed trended on Twitter. NASA scientists and MIT researchers offered tours, along with praise for the teen’s ingenuity.
Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said that Mohamed will not be charged with any wrongdoing and that the case has been closed.
“We have no evidence to support that there was an intention to create alarm or cause people to be concerned,” Boyd told reporters Wednesday.
The teen’s family said Mohamed has been suspended from school for three days.
School officials continue to say they needed to act.
I'm not sure how we'll get more kids interested in STEM if they have to this kind of reaction.