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Ass of the Year (To Date) Awarded to Irving School District and Irving Police Department

The Ass of the Year award goes to the Irving Police Department and Irving ISD. However, be aware that there are still several months left in 2015 and the asses seem to be out in full force so it is conceivable someone else could topple the various Irving, Texas, entities from their perch although it would take a veritable tsunami of ass-idity to do it.

Fourteen year old Ahmed Mohamed, a Freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas,  was arrested Monday (September 14, 2015) for taking a homemade clock to school.  The teachers didn't know what to think about a homemade clock so the cops were called.  The cops didn't know what to think about it so Ahmed was Clock boyhandcuffed and sent to a Juvenile Detention Center while charges were being discussed.  The words "Hoax bomb" and "terroristic activities " were thrown around even though there was absolutely no evidence that the device was anything but a clock. It is also important to note that at no time did Ahmed ever use the words hoax, hoax bomb, bomb, terror, terrorist, or anything other than "homemade clock" to describe his project. The other words were those bandied about by school and law enforcement officials.

However, after a media uproar, during a joint press conference with Irving ISD and Irving's police chief Larry Boyd announced Wednesday that charges will not be filed again Ahmed.  Chief Boyd insisted that the device looked "suspicious in nature".  Which is code for "we aren't smart enough to know what it is but it certainly looks dangerous because the person who made it is Muslim." The Irving Police Department was quick to point out, as reported in the Texas Tribune, that race had nothing to do with the arrest although, of course and yet again, it wasn't a white Baptist kid who was forced to endure humiliation that had nothing to do with race or religion.

Ahmed was proud of his homemade clock and took it to school to show his teacher.  The English teacher (who apparently has no interest or knowledge in science or technology or, obviously English since they couldn't understand what he meant by "it's a clock") was concerned that it was possibly the infrastructure for a bomb. 

If the English teacher thought it was a bomb then why was it taken immediately to the office? Doesn't she know better than to take it there?  Where was the bomb squad if they truly thought it might be a bomb?  Ahmed kept insisting that it was a clock.  I'm sure if she asked he would have told her exactly how he made it although if she couldn't understand the words IT'S A CLOCK the teacher might not have been able to understand the intricacies of electricity and batteries.

Teachers shouldn't respond to inventive kids by calling the cops.  Students deserve teachers who can tell the difference between a clock and a bomb. 

School officers questioned Ahmed about the "device" and Ahmed adamantly corrected them stating, yet again, it was a clock.  Officers, not satisfied with his answers, handcuffed him "for his safety and for the safety of the officers," (because skinny 14-year-olds are threatening when they are not white and Muslim) and whisked him and his NASA t-shirt to the nearest Juvenile Detention Center. 

Later during the same press conference Boyd stated that "we've seen across our country horrific things happened" and "we live in an age where you can't take things like that to school." (So now ALL clocks are banned from Irving ISD? Has he looked into the cell phone issue and how they were used to trigger IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq? Whoops, hope that doesn't get any tanned children detained for playing Angry Birds)

The Irving Police Department has reached out to Ahmed and his family to discuss their "investigation" and the policies and procedures.  It looks like Irving PD is now doing major damage control.

MacArthur High School principal Daniel Cummings sent out a letter to all parents stating "this is a good time to remind your child how important it is to immediately report any suspicious items and/or suspicious behavior they observe to any school employee so we address it right away."  If that is the case then all classrooms with clocks and anyone with a cell phone is "suspicious" and it also ignores the fact that a f**king clock that a kid shows you isn't suspicious unless you're a racist who believes all Muslim children are here to blow up the US.

Upon walking into the interrogation room the officer responded "Yup, that's who I thought it was."  Is this because he's brown, Muslim or because his name is Ahmed?  The asinine statement from the officer is probably because of Ahmed's father.  Ahmed's father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed who immigrated from Sudan, is a high profile figure.  He received national attention for debating some Quran burning Pastor in Florida and he has also ran for President of Sudan twice advocating for women's rights, free press, free education and public welfare.  His life story is inspirational and not at all terroist-y..unless you're some ignorant racist, redneck cop from Irving.

The media has sided with Ahmed and support his interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  Since the incident the President of the U.S., Hillary Clinton, Google, MIT, NASA,  and along with countless others have reached out to Ahmed.  Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut and New York Times best-selling author, has reserved a ticket for Generator in Toronto on October 28th. Mark Zuckerberg joined in the social media discussion and wrote, "Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest.  The future belongs to people like Ahmed."

Unfortunately, now the school thinks they've done this kid a favor by giving him all the opportunities when he only wanted to show off a clock he made.  The irony here is this all happened about a few miles from Texas Instruments headquarters where the integrated circuit was invented. 

Wait, didn't this happen to Galileo and Copernicus?  Scientific discovery be damned!  Let's put them all in jail. 

Well, the brown ones anyway. Cause, 'Murica.

And that's why Irving ISD and the Irving Police get the Ass of the Year Award…for now.

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