Muslim boy, 14, arrested over clock mistaken for a bomb

Muslim boy, 14, arrested over clock mistaken for a bomb

A 14-year-old Muslim boy has been arrested in North Texas after a high school teacher decided that a homemade clock he brought to class could be a bomb.

Ahmed Mohamed, who enjoys tinkering with electronics, proudly took the clock to MacArthur High in Irving on Monday.

But one teacher raised concerns that it looked like a bomb, prompting the school principal and several police officers to question him, search his belongings and march him from the school in handcuffs.

Generic picture of a clock

Police do not believe the device is dangerous, but say it could be mistaken for a fake explosive.

Ahmed was suspended from school for three days, but he has not been charged.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is investigating, saying the incident is typical of the negative attitudes toward Muslims in Irving.

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