Muslim boy held over homemade clock withdraws from school

The family of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, who got in trouble over a homemade clock that was thought to be a bomb, has taken their son out of his current school

Dallas: The family of a 14-year-old Muslim student who got in trouble over a homemade clock mistaken for a possible bomb withdrew the boy yesterday from his Dallas high school.

The turmoil surrounding Ahmed’s case has had a harmful effect on the teen, his father said. Pic/AFP
The turmoil surrounding Ahmed’s case has had a harmful effect on the teen, his father said. Pic/AFP

Ahmed Mohamed’s father, Mohamed El-Hassan Mohamed, said he has pulled all of his children from schools in the Irving Independent School District. Mohamed said the family is still deciding where to send the children to school. Numerous schools have offered to enroll Ahmed, his father said.

The incident
Ahmed has said he brought the clock he made to MacArthur High School in Irving last week to show a teacher. He was later arrested after another teacher saw it and became concerned. Ahmed wasn’t charged, but he was suspended from school for three days.

“Ahmed said that he doesn’t want to go to MacArthur. My kids aren’t going to be happy there,” the father said.

News of the arrest sparked an outpouring of support for Ahmed, including from President Barack Obama.

The turmoil surrounding Ahmed’s case has had a harmful effect on the teen, Mohamed said, adding that his son has lost his appetite and is not sleeping well.

But Mohamed said he wants to give his son a breather before making a decision.

Meanwhile...

Muslim teen from UK interrogated for saying ‘eco-terrorist’ in French class

London: A Muslim teenager was interrogated by British child protection services about possible links to the Islamic State group after he used the word “eco-terrorist” in a French class. The 14-year-old boy used the word during a lesson as part of a discussion at his school in central London about environmental activism. A few days later he was pulled out of class and taken to a room where he was questioned by two people, one of whom was a child protection officer. He was asked if he was “affiliated” with IS — also known as ISIS — or had heard of the militant group. “I didn’t know what was going on. They said there had been safety concerns raised. If you are taken out of French class and asked about ISIS, it is quite scary. My heart skipped a beat,” the boy was quoted as saying.

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