At first the story seemed simple:
“Ahmed Mohamed’s homemade alarm clock got him suspended from his suburban Dallas high school and detained and handcuffed by police officers on Monday after school officials accused him of making a fake bomb. By Wednesday, it had brought him an invitation to the White House, support from Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg, and a moment of head-spinning attention as questions arose whether he had been targeted because of his name and his religion.”http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/us/texas-student-is-under-police-investigation-for-building-a-clock.html?_r=0
Theme? Bad Americans, Bad Teacher, Isalmophobes targeting smart kid, “Kid’s skin in brown so everyone is prejudice — call Black Live Matter”, “If I had a son he would look like Ahmed”, etc
Result: Teacher in trouble, school in trouble,mayor vilified, “Americans are generally prejudice against_______.”, teacher excoriated for worrying about the children at the school, kid gets contacted by President.
The Dallas Morning News reported that Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, told reporters at the press conference: “He fixed my phone, my car, my computer. He is a very smart, brilliant kid.” ad then”the money shot” “I can never look at the world in the same way,” he said. “I like science, but I look like a threat because of my brown skin.” He has lost his innocence.
His father, Mohamed ElHassan Mohamed, is a Sudanese immigrant who has twice declared himself a presidential candidate in Sudan. When Florida pastor Terry Jones put the Quran on trial and later burned it in 2012, Mohamed was the Muslim holy book’s defense attorney. Mohamed, who leads a small congregation of Sufi Muslims, a mystical sect of Islam that is generally more liberal, told the Dallas Observer that he was grateful to have a chance to defend Islam, including his own interpretation of the Quran.
Ahmed’s parents say that he has been invited to the White House by the President, Zuckerberg praised him, he does not want to go back to his high school and he wants to attend MIT. It turned out to be a good month for Ahmed.