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Police chief in Texas defending officers who arrested high school student for homemade clock

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This photo provided by the Irving Police Department shows the homemade clock that Ahmed Mohamed brought to school,  Wednesday, Sept.16, 2015, in Irving. Police detained the 14-year-old Muslim boy after a teacher at MacArthur High School decided that the homemade clock he brought to class looked like a bomb, according to school and police officials. The family of Ahmed Mohamed said the boy was suspended for three days from the school in the Dallas suburb. (Irving Police via AP)
This photo provided by the Irving Police Department shows the homemade clock that Ahmed Mohamed brought to school, Wednesday, Sept.16, 2015, in Irving. Police detained the 14-year-old Muslim boy after a teacher at MacArthur High School decided that the homemade clock he brought to class looked like a bomb, according to school and police officials. The family of Ahmed Mohamed said the boy was suspended for three days from the school in the Dallas suburb. (Irving Police via AP)


The controversial case of Ahmed Mohamed has sparked a national debate – and has even grabbed the attention of President Obama, who invited the 14-year-old student to the White House.

The officers who arrested Ahmed, after he brought a homemade clock to school, were criticized for their actions. But the police chief in Irving, Texas is defending the officers who were assigned to MacArthur High School.

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, gestures as he arrives to his family's home in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Ahmed was arrested Monday at his school after a teacher thought a homemade clock he built was a bomb. He remains suspended and said he will not return to classes at MacArthur High School. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, gestures as he arrives to his family’s home in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Ahmed was arrested Monday at his school after a teacher thought a homemade clock he built was a bomb. He remains suspended and said he will not return to classes at MacArthur High School. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Ahmed, a self-professed tinkerer, was hoping to impress his engineering teacher earlier this week by bringing to school a digital clock that he built himself.

The teacher apparently “expressed appreciation,” but advised Ahmed not to show the clock to other teachers.

According to the NY Times, “the device made a sound in an English class, prompting Ahmed to later show the source of the noise to that teacher.” The English teacher commented the clock “looked like a bomb.”

Officers “fairly quickly” determined that it wasn’t, but then while trying to determine why Ahmed brought it to school in the first place, they put the teen in handcuffs.

Mohamed’s parents told a local news station that their son – who had been suspended for three days– would no longer be attending MacArthur High.

Police were criticized after the episode and questioned over why an evacuation wasn’t called if they thought the clock might be a bomb. Many were also wondering why Ahmed was questioned without a parent present.

Chief Larry Boyd said, “The officers were not initially told that Ahmed had brought the clock to school to show to a teacher…. In the end, the officers made the best possible decisions based on the information that they had.”

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  1. Ahmed will be another Bill Gates while his classmates, at best, will be flipping hamburgers at McDonalds thanks to the mediocre education they will receive.

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