To be clear, young world, perception matters.
Recent reports reveal that, when 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was handcuffed in front of his classmates, in Irving, Texas, police already knew that the clock he brought to school was not a bomb. He was arrested for bringing a device that looked like a bomb to school.
“The officers pretty quickly determined that they weren’t investigating an explosive device,” Police Chief Larry Boyd told MSNBC, according to Complex. “What their investigation centered around is the law violation of bringing a device into a facility like that that is intended to create a level of alarm. In other words, a hoax bomb — something that is not really a bomb, but is designed and presented in a way that it creates people to be afraid. [sic]”
Regardless, the arrest has created an outpouring of shock and support. Mohamed has since been invited to the White House for NASA's Astronomy Night and to an internship with Twitter. The likes of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Pharrell Williams, Russell Simmons and Hillary Clinton are among social media users who've stood in solidarity with the young man. And there are thousands who have signed a petition demanding the resignation of every top official in Irving, reports Dallas News.
Mohamed has insisted that he brought the clock to school to impress his engineering teacher.
“There’s no evidence to support the perception he intended to create alarm,” Boyd said when he announced that Mohamed would not face charges.
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