Ahmed Mohamed, 14, arrested over clock mistaken for bomb
The arrest Monday of a 14-year-old Muslim boy who brought a clock to a Texas school has a Vancouver Islamic community spokesperson speaking out as the hashtag “#IStandWithAhmed gains ground over social media.
The campaign is encouraging people to bring clocks to work as a show of protest and solidarity with Ahmed Mohamed.
He has since been released after he was arrested when he brought a home-made digital clock to school, the school said it believed it was homemade bomb, and called police.
Closer to home, David Ali of the B.C. Muslim Association says news of the authorities’ reaction hits home for Vancouver’s Muslim community.
“When it comes to pointing fingers at Muslims; it happens in Texas but we feel the pain here in Canada.”
Meanwhile Irving Police say charges won’t be filed against the 14-year-old.
This photo of Ahmed in handcuffs was originally posted to Twitter yesterday, at the request of his family.
It didn’t take long for people to come to Ahmed’s defence, including President Obama
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
Even Mark Zuckerberg weighed in, saying the future belongs to people like Ahmed
School sends letter to all parents about suspicious behavior
Even after it was confirmed that Ahmed had built the clock and taken it to school that day to show his engineering teacher, the school still decided to send out a letter to all parents regarding the incident.
“Also, this is a good time to remind your child how important it is to immediately report any suspicious items and/or suspicious behavior they observe to any school employee so we can address it right away. We will always take necessary precautions to protect our students”.