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A ninth grader was arrested for building a clock

Today in shit to be outraged/tired about: a 9th grade boy in Texas was arrested for building a working clock. The police department who arrested him did so because to them the clock he made looked like a bomb from a movie they’re racists. The boy’s name is Ahmed Mohamed. I’m hoping by sharing this more people can be outraged, resulting in more news coverage.

The Dallas Morning News reports:

Ahmed never claimed his device was anything but a clock, said police spokesman James McLellan. And police have no reason to think it was dangerous. But officers still didn’t believe Ahmed was giving them the whole story.

“We have no information that he claimed it was a bomb,” McLellan said. “He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation.”

Asked what broader explanation the boy could have given, the spokesman explained:

“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?”


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