Yup, it’s your latest installment of the States being both batshit crazy and insidiously racist.
A ninth-grade student in Irving, Texas, was arrested and sent to juvenile detention Monday after bringing a homemade clock to school
Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old at MacArthur High School who is Muslim, told the outlet he’s passionate about robotics and decided to link a circuit board, power supply and digital clock display together inside a pencil case. He brought the device to school hoping to impress some teachers, but the first one who saw the clock immediately told him “not to show any other teachers.”
Later that day, Mohamed was pulled out of class and taken to the principal’s office. He says he was threatened with expulsion, asked if he tried “to make a bomb” and led out of the school in handcuffs by police officers.
“They were like, ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’” the student told the Morning News.
“I told them no, I was trying to make a clock.”
“He said, ‘It looks like a movie bomb to me.’”
Mohamed is currently serving a three-day suspension. The incident has prompted some to claim his arrest and subsequent transfer to juvenile detention, where he was fingerprinted and then released to his parents, as blatant Islamophobia.
Now, compare and contrast this approach - to this:
Jamie, who is 14 on Sunday, started building the reactor in October in an underused science laboratory at his school and five months later has successfully made two atoms smash together to create helium – a nuclear fusion.
So, he went his head teacher Jim Hourigan at Priory Academy in October.
"I had to give a presentation and talk to him about safety, the benefits and what could go right or wrong,” he explained.
“I needed £2,000 and he said he would fund it and also put £1,000 into a contingency fund so that myself and others could continue my work as I would like to make it energy efficient.”
Mr Hourigan said: "I was a bit stunned and I have to say a little nervous when Jamie suggested this but he reassured me he wouldn’t blow the school up.”
The fusion took place in a controlled environment in school before an audience of experts.
It strikes me as pretty depressing that a clearly bright, passionate young man is being punished for following his passion. What incentive does this give to young students to be studious? I also seriosuly struggle to believe this would have occured were Ahmed’s name Donald, and he was say, a Christian. Islamaphobia is alive and well friends.