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​Racial profiling.

Did Ahmed Mohamed know that bringing the clock he made from a pencil-case to school would end with him being arrested for the hoax bomb law? Probably not.

In an interview with Chris Hayes of MSNBC, Ahmed tells the story of how he was interrogated on school property for over an hour where he told the authorities, “It's a clock. I brought it to school to show my teachers, to impress them,” Ahmed said. 

Racial Profiling, or Just Doing Their Job?

When the clock started beeping in English class, the teacher took possession of the device. Several hours later, Ahmed was handcuffed and taken away from school by the police. 

In an interview with CNN, police chief Larry Boyd said, “Fairly quickly the officers determined that it wasn't a bomb. They were investigating whether or not he brought a device to school with the intention of creating alarm.” He also said, “We live in an age where you can't take things like that to school.”

The Irving Police Department dropped all charges, but Ahmed was suspended from school for three days. 

Leaving the Past Behind

Ahmed and his parents have decided he will not be returning to MacArthur High School. Ahmed reported in his interview with CNN that he had been called a “bomb maker” and a “terrorist” by the other students before he even brought the clock to school. 

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Were authorities just doing their jobs, was Mohamed in the wrong, or was it a combination of the two? I’d love to hear what you think, so please share your thoughts on my Facebook page or on Twitter.

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Racial Profiling, or Authorities Doing Their Jobs?
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The arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim student at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas sparked a controversy long debated within the United States. 

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