"Arrested simply because of a pencil case clock"
Or how a kid faced arrest and appraisal in Texas
What a mockery of discovery and invention to equate an invention to a weapon of destruction.
Made by a Student who happened to be a Sudanese and a Muslim, he was arrested for making a digital clock out of a pencil case. According to reports, the 14 year old ended not with an appraisal, but a punishment after school authorities called the police and he was arrested. And according to the authorities, he was arrested for the crime of a hoax bomb, only to found out that it wasn't.
However, instead of putting good light to the school wherein Ahmed Mohamed studying, people rather chose to support the young man who had wanted to be an engineer, that via Twitter messages, his actions are motivated rather by peaceful means, if not exposing the blatant idioicy coming from the authorities without any observation at all. "When a white kid builds a nuclear fusion reactor it's cool but when a Muslim builds a clock it's not." As one message said.
And to think that event the police authorities even admitted the fact that Mohamed's invention has nothing to do with making a bomb, that accoridng to James McLellan of the Irving Police:
"We attempted to question the juvenile about what it was and he would simply only tell us that it was a clock."
Chief Larry Boyd even said that the teen should have been 'forthcoming' by going beyond the description that what he made was a clock. But Boyd also said that authorities determined that the teenager did not intend to alarm everyone with his device, in which the chief described as a "homemade experiment", as innocuous.
Anyways, such idiocy coming from some authorities is all but a mockery of the past where discoveries are meant to be appraised if not undergoing a serues if questions. In fact, in seeing an incident such as what happened in Texas also shows that the state itself rolls back to the middle or perhaps the dark ages equating scientific wonders to those of sorcery, that mathematics should be limited in calculating when was the birth of Christ and Engineering to those of building churches. Remember, when Europe remained in the state of religious fanaticism, the Muslim world engaged in science and technology, wherein they even afford to translate Greek Philosophy into Arabic, that centuries past be unearthed by the west paving way to its Renaissance.
Yet in this modern world where people enjoys scientific wonders and technology, have they forgot that what they enjoym what they study, are also coming from the Muslims like Ibn Sina and Rhazes? If not Omar Khayyam, Al-Zahrawi and Al-Idrisi? Well, seems that the people today has really equated Islam to Bin Laden, Al-Baghdadi and Al-Zarqawi; and creating a gadget coming from a Muslim is deemed dangerous.
Admittingly speaking, Ahmed Mohamed's work is an attempt to show that he, regardless of his religion, wanted to harness science in the name of peace, in a way Einstein the Jew had envisioned future discoveries be used for peaceful purposes. Ahmed's father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, even said that his son as a brillant person, that the trouble was fueled out of Islamophobia, as he said:
"My son's name is Mohamed- people just think Muslims are terrorists but we are peaceful, we are not that way...my son said over and over that this was an alarm clock and my son only brought it to school to ask for help from his teachers, to show that he can do this amazing thing and maybe get appreciation and to show him (he can become) something bugger in the world- an inventor."
But then, despite the allegiations pointing against the kid, right to hear from US President Obama himself, that "assumptions don't keep us safe" and urged Ahmed to "keep building." That somehow in his room lies Ahmed tinkering metal and wire in prusuit of making everything what his adapted country needs, or even his origins clamoring for a breakthrough in development besides those of social change,