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A schoolboy was reported to police and taken in for questioning – for bringing a home-made clock into school.
Teachers at Irving MacArthur High in Dallas were convinced 14-year-old Muslim Amed Mohamed, had been trying to make a bomb and was worried he was a threat to the school.
Despite telling everyone who would listen he had made a clock, the young boy was led away in handcuffs for questioning at a juvenile detention centre.
Police say they may yet charge him with making a hoax bomb.
Ahmed, who spends his time fixing his go kart and playing with electronics, brought his invention to school to show them his talent.
But instead of receiving the praise he expected, the boy was told by his engnineering teacher not to show anyone else.
“He was like, ‘That’s really nice,’” Ahmed said. “‘I would advise you not to show any other teachers.’”
He kept the clock inside his school bag in English class, but the teacher complained when the alarm beeped in the middle of a lesson so Ahmed brought his invention up to show her.
“She was like, it looks like a bomb,” he said.
“I told her, ‘It doesn’t look like a bomb to me.’”
Towards the end of the school day, they led Ahmed into a room where four other police officers waited.
He said an officer he’d never seen before leaned back in his chair and remarked: “Yup. That’s who I thought it was,” the Dallas Morning News reported.
Ahmed said he was suddenly made to feel conscious of his skin colour as the headteacher threatened him with expulsion if he didn’t make a written statement.
Police officers accused him of making a “movie bomb” before he was led away.
Ahmed whipped up the device in 20 minutes using a a circuit board and power supply wired to a digital display, all strapped inside a metal case.
Ahmed has been suspended from school as police decide whether to charge him.
Police spokesman James McLellan said he did not believe the boy was telling the full story.
He said: “It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car. The concern was, what was this thing built for? Do we take him into custody?”
Ahmed’s father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, a Sudanese immigrant, said his son was seized because his name was Mohamed
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said they were now investigating the school’s treatment of the schoolboy, calling it “pretty egregious”.