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The “clock kid” and the kid who nobody knows about: Who should be on the news?

By Josh Barker

Ahmed Mohammed, a 14 year old teenager, who lives in Texas, recently got arrested at his school. Mohammed brought a suitcase with a clock he claimed to have invented to school to show his engineering teacher. However, when one of his teachers saw the suitcase, she immediately thought it was a bomb. The school called the police who then arrested Mohammed, later saying that he committed the crime of a hoax bomb, a fake bomb. Because it turned out not to be a bomb, it got a ton of media attention. Ahmed got personally invited to the White House by President Obama and many other sympathetic and encouraging comments.

Ahmed is a Muslim student from Sudan. His father, a Sudanese immigrant, consistently returns to Sudan to run for President there. Many are calling out racial/religious profiling in arresting Ahmed. But that is just not the case. First, Ahmed says that he showed it to his engineering teacher, who said it was good, but that he shouldn’t show it to other teachers, because they might get the wrong impression. However, this is just what Ahmed did, he showed it to other teachers and they got the wrong impression and called the cops.

Second, Ahmed would not cooperate with police. He wouldn’t answer very simple questions, however once the media came to his front yard to interview him, he talked to them and explained everything to them. He didn’t come to scheduled meetings with the mayor and the chief of police, but instead during that time had a press conference with the CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations). He obviously wanted the media to get involved. Especially with how CAIR has gotten involved to the level it has, along with other factors, many believe that they planned the clock incident to put Islamophobia on the national media.

But how could it really have been planned if he invented the clock. Many people don’t even consider the fact that Ahmed’s clock could be a fake. The Daily Beast interviewed Anthony DiPasquale, the webmaster for Artvoice.com. Here is what he said in an interview with them regarding the “inventiveness” of the clock.

“Somewhere in all of this—there has indeed been a hoax,” he wrote in a controversial post on Artvoice. “Ahmed Mohamed didn’t invent his own alarm clock. He didn’t even build a clock.”

DiPasquale said all signs point to a mass-produced model. He traced the 1980s-era circuit board, which has a silk-screened “M” logo, to a vintage Micronta clock found on eBay. He noted other “dead giveaways” of a store-bought clock, including a switch to select 12- or 24-hour time and a battery backup.

“Anyone with even a basic hobby-level understanding could see it was a commercially available mass-produced product that was just taken out of its enclosure, and placed in a pencil box,” DiPasquale told The Daily Beast. “So I read some more about the story, and nowhere did I see anybody actually bring that point up.”

DiPasquale questioned if other aspects of the teenager’s story about the clock aren’t being fully reported or fact-checked by reporters. In one interview, for example, Mohamed says he closed the pencil case with a cord so it wouldn’t look suspicious in school.
“I’m curious, why would ‘looking suspicious’ have even crossed his mind before this whole event unfolded, if he was truly showing off a hobby project, something so innocuous as an alarm clock. Why did he choose a pencil box, one that looks like a miniature briefcase no less, as an enclosure for a clock?” DiPasquale wrote.

So why would he do this? Maybe the $15,000 he got in donations can help explain that.

So what about racial profiling? Wasn’t Ahmed singled out because he was a Muslim and Arab looking in appearance? No. First of all, his teacher didn’t know who the suitcase belonged to. It seems that there was no conversation of him showing the teacher like Ahmed claimed he did. Second, the High School he goes to is 10% white/Caucasian. Obviously he is not the only non-white student at the high school.

Ahmed has gotten off with no charges even though it is more likely than not that the clock was a hoax bomb, extremely likely he didn’t make it, and he did have a motive. However, one kid who obviously did the right thing didn’t get off at all. At Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, California, just west of Los Angeles, a junior identified only by his first name, Cody, intervened in a fight between a blind kid and a bully. The bully was beating up the blind kid for no reason, which included punching him in the face multiple times. Cody punched the bully once, and the bully fell to the ground. Cody proceeded to take the blind kid to a safe place and confront the bully for attacking a blind kid who was defenseless and had done him no harm. All of his classmates are calling him a hero, but the school doesn’t agree. You see, Huntington Beach High School has a zero-tolerance policy. They have a zero-tolerance policy, which includes a zero-tolerance to saving others, a zero-tolerance to protecting others, a zero-tolerance to life, one of the most basic freedoms. The blind kid could have been extremely hurt if nobody had gotten in the middle of it. Nonetheless, Cody was kicked off the school football team.

In support of Ahmed Mohammed, many used the hashtag, #istandwithahmed. I challenge the Macon Kids Magazine readers to stand up for Cody and use the hashtag #istandwithcody, share this article on social media to get the truth out, and show your support.

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