Posted September 26, 2015 on the AFP website:
Kyle Smith of the New York Post wrote, “When is America going to get serious about the problem of white kids getting suspended from school for nothing?”How Ahmed’s clock became a false, convenient tale of racism.
Security: After a Muslim teen was arrested for bringing what looked like a bomb to school, police were ripped for “overreacting.” Supporters insisted he “invented” a clock for a “project.” But his only invention was the story.
Turns out that 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed of Irving, Texas, never invented a clock, and had no reason to bring the suspicious-looking device to school. But everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to President Obama was fooled by what appears to have been a hoax designed to muster sympathy for Muslims accused of terrorism, while putting police on their heels and undermining the “see something, say something” directive for citizen vigilance. Here’s the real story:
- There was no “school project” or science assignment to justify Mohamed bringing the device to school.
- Just three weeks into his freshman year, Mohamed was no “science whiz well-known by high school teachers for tinkering.”
- The “clock” wasn’t made from scratch but just the guts of a mass-manufactured digital clock, complete with AC cord and 9-volt backup battery connection.
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