Remember those youthful days when you had that teacher you just really wanted to impress?
Maybe you just liked them, thought they were really smart, or whatever. You just wanted to get a smile and an “attaboy” out of them?
When 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed walked into his Irving, Texas, classroom at MacArthur High School on Monday morning, that’s what he was trying to do, impress his teacher.
So he brought with him a homemade digital clock.
His engineering teacher was apparently appreciative but advised him not to show it to other teachers. But when it beeped in the middle of Mohamed’s English class, the teacher confiscated the invention, saying it looked like a bomb.
“They took me to a room filled with five officers in which they interrogated me and searched through my stuff and took my tablet and my invention,” Mohamed told the Washington Post. “They were like, ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’ I told them no, I was trying to make a clock.”
According to Mohamed, the questioner replied, “It looks like a movie bomb to me,” and his interrogators repeatedly brought up his last name, which you may have noticed is Islamic sounding.
This little Gestapo-style scene culminated with Mohamed being hauled to the police station in handcuffs, where he was fingerprinted.
Police Chief Larry Boyd told reporters that Mohamed would not be charged. “We have no evidence to support that there was an intention to create alarm or cause people to be concerned.”
However, school officials are doubling down on the stupidity, with spokeswoman Lesley Weaver saying, “We always ask our students and staff to immediately report if they observe any suspicious items or if they observe any suspicious behavior. … We will always take necessary precautions to protect our students and keep our school community as safe as possible. That is our priority.”
Because “gun-free zone” signs can only do so much, I’m guessing, the volk must be the eyes and ears of the state.
But it’s not just school officials who’ve gone barking mad. The police chief was defending the arresting officers even as he declined to charge Mohamed. He said when officers arrived at the school, they were not told Mohamed had shown the device to his engineering teacher, and they believed it was “possibly the infrastructure for a bomb.”
“It is what appears to be an electronic homemade device with wires running through it inside a metal case,” Boyd said. “It was not immediately clear that it was the experiment he said it was.”
Because as you can see from the included picture, the device obviously has a large block of plastic explosives cleverly disguised as an oversize digital display. Plus, it’s got those wires … it practically screams nuke.
The whole thing looks about as threatening as my old Radio Shack circuitry kit.
The Council on American Islamic Relations is pouncing on this, claiming it was all based on the teen’s religion. But then, it’s pretty much CAIR’s job to see everything as an attack on Islam.
If the officials involved in this circus stirred up the whole thing because of ill-will toward Muslims it’s unlikely they would ever admit it. Even if they did, this country has enough racial, ethnic, gender and religious hatred going around without adding yet another angry mob to the mix.
So let’s move on and focus on why school officials across the country these days appear to be such paranoid idiots. This isn’t the first case where a kid has been arrested or suspended because a teacher or administrator thought he saw a ghost in the bushes. Gun-shaped Pop-Tarts, anyone? Or how about an assault charge for kissing a girl on a dare?
It’s all part of the state of paranoia school officials have cultivated in recent years, a condition that I happen to think is deliberately intended. After all, people who are used to living under the thumb of paranoiacs learn to walk on eggshells and not step out of line for fear of punishment.
Fear ultimately leads to indecisiveness and stagnation. That seems to be the lesson and legacy many modern teachers are instilling in their students.
It’s evident that the inmates are running the asylum.