Texas Teen Wrongly Arrested for Allegedly Bringing Bomb to Classroom Considers Changing Schools


A Texas high school student who gained international attention after authorities mistook his clock invention for a bomb is thinking about transferring to another school.

Ahmed Mohamed’s suspension from MacArthur High School ends Thursday, but at a news conference Wednesday, he said he plans to go to a private school.

“I really want to go to MIT,” Ahmed, 14, said. “I’m thinking about transferring schools from MacArthur to any different school.”

Ahmed also thanked all his supporters on social media — the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed was trending on Twitter on Wednesday.

“Thank you all for helping me,” he said. “I would never have got this far if it wasn’t for you guys. And not just you guys, everybody.”

Irving police detained Ahmed on Monday after school officials called them because they determined his invention looked like a bomb. On Wednesday, the charges against Ahmed were dropped.

“(His English teacher was) concerned it was possibly the infrastructure for a bomb,” said Irving police Chief Larry Boyd on Wednesday.

When questioned why he brought the device to school, the student “would only say it was a clock, and was not forthcoming at that time about any other details,” Boyd said.

“I built the clock to impress my teacher,” Ahmed said. “But when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her. It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it — and later that day, I was arrested for it.”

The police chief said they decided to take the boy into custody based on the appearance of the device and as a safety precaution to protect other students. The freshman was handcuffed and transported to a juvenile processing area at the police station.

“Under Texas law, a person is guilty of possessing a hoax bomb if he possesses a device that is intended to cause anyone to be alarmed or a reaction of any type by law enforcement officers,” Boyd said.

Ahmed was later released to his parents as police further investigated the incident. Boyd said a further probe revealed Ahmed didn’t intend to create alarm and the charges against him were dropped. He also said officers later discovered there were some on campus who were aware of the student’s invention, but that it wasn’t part of a school project, to his knowledge.

The Dallas chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations had said Ahmed was targeted because of his religious and racial identity.

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SOURCE: Marjorie Owens and Todd Unger
WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth

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