Stealing the Dignity of Ahmed Mohamed

I thought we were supposed to encourage STEM in the classroom. I thought we were supposed to give kids a chance to shine. Hey, maybe where you and I live, but not in Irvine, Texas:

Responding officers say Mohamed repeatedly explained the device was a clock and although a police spokesperson says the department “had no reason to think it was dangerous,” they’re still suspicious, for reasons they’re having trouble articulating.

But officers still did not believe Ahmed was giving them the whole story.

“We have no information that he claimed it was a bomb,” Mr. McLellan said. “He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation.

“It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car. The concern was, what was this thing built for? Do we take him into custody?”

Now the department is doubling down on their mistake, telling the Dallas Morning News they’re debating charging Mohamed with making a hoax bomb—not just because he’s Muslim and they’ve seen an action movie or two, but probably for some other reason they’re holding back from the press due to the sensitive nature of an ongoing investigation, or whatever.

“They were like, ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’” Ahmed said.

“I told them no, I was trying to make a clock.”

“[The cop] said, ‘It looks like a movie bomb to me.’”

In the meantime, Mohamed has been suspended from school for three days, though Mohamed’s principal admits in a letter sent home to parents, that “the item [a clock] did not pose a threat to your child’s safety.”

This kind of thing would be unheard of where I live, and for good reason--I live in a blue state. I live in Maryland. I live in a state where education has value and giving kids a measure of dignity actually matters. And when stupid shit happens in my state, people are much quicker to call bullshit on it and rectify the situation. We are not paralyzed by "Jade Helm" hysteria and an overwhelming fear of Mooslims. We just live our goddamned lives.

The adults in this situation stole the childhood dignity of Mr. Mohamed and they're not giving it back. They're not acting like real adults because, once their paranoid, ridiculous mistake was made, they doubled down on it so that they wouldn't look like the fools and jackasses they really are. 

For a cop--any cop--to say "it looks like a movie bomb to me" is beyond comprehension. This is a law enforcement professional and he's looking at this thing and he's looking at a 14 year-old kid and he says that? Really? So where are the explosives and where's Michael Bay, dummy?

Lawsuit, lawsuit, lawsuit. 

I don't think we fully appreciate the educational benefits of a good lawsuit, and this school district and this police department fully need to experience the sting of the shame of settling with this kid and his parents. Sue the pants off everyone for being un-American, stupid, and gripped by paranoid hysteria. Make an example out of them and then come to Maryland. Your kid will get a much better education here than in Texas. Plain and simple.