Trench on Ahmed and the clock

The clock in question

The clock in question

By now most of you have outraged one way or another about the arrest of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade clock to school that school and law enforcement authorities mistook as a bomb. While the situation probably could have been handled better please allow me to offer a viewpoint I haven’t heard discussed by many people.

Now I can’t say with 100% certainty this wasn’t a case of Islamaphobia because I wasn’t there, but let me ask you a question. What is a school’s biggest fear? Any kind of school shooting or attack. Let’s take this situation out of Texas for a moment. Let’s say that this happened at any other school and a student the same age as Ahmed took a bomb to school and said it was just a clock and no teacher or resource officer acted on it, then it blew up taking a fair number of students with it. Everyone would be outraged that nothing was done about it.

Here’s another point that a lot of people overlooked as well. At least in my research a white student is more likely to bring a bomb to school than a Muslim student. Historically on this site the majority of bomb makers have been white kids.

So to me there was a lack of common sense all around. Personally I believe he shouldn’t have brought something to school in a case like that with wires and circuit-boards sticking out of it because there are a lot of technologically illiterate people out there including those in education and law enforcement positions. However the fact that the alarm went off repeatedly and nothing happened combined with the fact that there were no obvious explosives attached to it this should have been a non-story. I mean don’t we have more pressing issues to spend our collective time on than this freak occurrence? By the looks of Facebook I guess some of you don’t.

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7 Comments

  1. ronni

    The fact that the school implemented no bomb or suspicious package procedures lets me know that they knew it was not a bomb, so why pursue it?

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    1. Trench Reynolds

      They may not necessarily have one. There are still a lot of places that think “It can’t happen here.”

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      1. ronni

        I guess I’d have to check, but elsewhere in TX such protocols are in place, complete with drills, the same as for shooter situations. This is not some podunk town in the middle of the East Texas Piney Woods, it’s right outside Dallas.

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        1. Jennifer Smith

          Exactly my thought, I would expect a school in the DFW metro area to definitely have procedures in place to deal with bombs. Heck, out here in NM, my kids’ school has procedures on place for all sorts of things, bombs included. They have a site set up to evacuate the kids to and everything, and they also do lockdown drills, like we used to do tornado and fire drills when I was growing up.

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          1. Trench Reynolds

            Again you might be surprised how many schools have no protocol or if they do have one they have no idea what it is.

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  2. Scott

    I like to ask the ‘what if’ questions. What if it was a bomb and nobody said anything? You never know. I did share a YouTube video today showing just how easy it is to “make” one of these home made clocks. It’s pretty mindblowing. )

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  3. edrebber

    They didn’t know what it was. The only person saying it’s a clock is Ahmed Mohamed and he did not immediately tell the police it was a clock. It doesn’t look like a clock to me. No independent authority has confirmed it was a clock.

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