A 14 year old Muslim boy in Irving, Texas was put in cuffs for bringing a homemade clock to school to show off to his teacher. Ahmed Mohamed showed his new creation to his English teacher but was pulled out of school in cuffs at 3 p.m after administrators commented that "it looked like a bomb". The police claimed that they did not believe that Mohamed was creating the clock for fun of it and that it was reasonable for people to be concerned about it being a bomb. The principal, Dan Cummings, sent out a letter stating that the device was not dangerous and reassured that nobody was hurt. He however, goes on in the letter to talk about how students should be careful on bringing prohibited items to school. The actions by the school has lead a backlash against them about how young people in this country should not be shut down from innovating with electronics. Many are also questioning whether or not the school would go this far to detain Mohamed if he were not Muslim. The backlash also included a creation of the new hashtag of #IStandWithAmed. This is not the first time that this city has been in trouble for Islamophobia, since the mayor, Beth Van Buyne, has accused Muslim leaders for trying to create Sharia law in Irving, Texas and has taken measures to ensure that the paranoia does not come true. Although Mohamed has not been arrested and has been let go, he is still suspended from class for 3 days. In response he has vowed to never bring an invention to school again and plans to transfer schools. His father commented "This is not America. That is not us". This story has inspired a White House invitation from the president himself on Twitter, an invitation on Facebook from Mark Zuckerberg, and an internship offer from Twitter. This obviously leads to a bigger question on relations today with Muslim Americans. Only 27% of Americans have a favorable view of Muslims and hate crimes against Muslims have skyrocketed 5 times after 9/11 jumping from 20 actions of violence a year to 100-150 a year. Many GOP candidates will claim that the United States needs to protect itself domestically against Islamic terrorism despite the fact that 90% of domestic terrorism is caused by non-Muslim terrorists and more than 50% of domestic terrorism is caused by white national groups with anti-government ideologies.
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