Ahmed Mohamed talks about being arrested at Irving school over clock
A 14-year-old North Texas boy 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 arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving on Monday afternoon.
He said he enjoys tinkering with electronics and took the clock to school to show his engineering teacher. But an alarm on the clock went off in English class and his teacher confiscated it.
“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.
Police searched his belongings and removed him from school in handcuffs.
Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said Mohamed originally was not very forthcoming and the school was concerned that the device was possibly the infrastructure for a bomb. Officers acted in an abundance of caution.
“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.
In the state of Texas a person can be found guilty of possessing a hoax bomb if the device is intended to bring fear. But, police no longer believe Mohamed’s device is dangerous and he will not be charged.
“We found no evidence to support the perception that he intended to create alarm,” Boyd said.
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