Getting arrested can be a traumatic experience, but 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed from North Texas seems to handle it well and it’s nice to see him being able to smile.
Ahmed will not face charges after he was suspended over a homemade clock that teachers, administrators and police found suspicious.
Ahmed Mohamed, who is Muslim, was detained at MacArthur High School in Irving on Monday afternoon.
Ahmed is a fan of robotics and enjoys tinkering with electronics and therefore took the clock to school to show his engineering teacher to impress her. On the contrary, an alarm on the clock went off in English class and his teacher confiscated it, according to FOX 4 News.
“I told them it’s a clock. And they told me, ‘Why would you bring a clock to school?’ And I was like to tell time. And the officer said, ‘There’s clocks here, clocks here, clocks around you everywhere.’ And I told him that I wanted to impress my teachers so that I could feel appreciated for it, but instead I got the police called on me,” he said.
His belongings were searched and he was removed from school in handcuffs. He was taken to juvenile detention, interrogated him without his parent’s permission.
According to Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said, “It was a very suspicious device. We live in an age where you can’t take things like that to school. Of course we’ve seen across our country horrific things happen. We have to err on the side of caution,” Boyd said.
Police no longer believe Ahmed’s device is dangerous and therefore he will not be charged. “We found no evidence to support the perception that he intended to create alarm,” Boyd said.