Ahmed Mohamed's Texas High School Wants Him Back, Ahmed's Like 'Nah'

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After having 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed arrested for bringing a cool homemade clock to school that his teacher then mistook for a bomb, MacArthur High School wants to welcome him back. Mohamed is like, “No thanks.”

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Ahmed’s father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, according to the Huffington Post, is transferring his son out of MacArthur and to another institution—hopefully one where his brains, Muslim faith and creativity will be celebrated/respected, though they’re unsure exactly where he’ll go next.

What is clear is that Ahmed’s already set up well for the long game. President Barack Obama, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Google, Twitter and even MIT have all reached out to the teen, offering a range of inspiring and encouraging words.

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Meanwhile, MacArthur is still trying to clean up its new image as the Texas school who arrests brown kids for doing smart things—with little success. The high school still has yet to apologize to Ahmed, but defended the staffer who called for the teen’s arrest; Ahmed is also technically still suspended for three days.

“We do stand behind what the teacher did,” the school spokeswoman told ABC News. “Even though that particular item did not pose an immediately dangerous situation to the school, we cannot allow items on campus that can be perceived to pose a threat.”

Is this your hill of choice, MacArthur?


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Image via screengrab via YouTube/Dallas Morning News.

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stacyinbean

“we cannot allow items on campus that can be perceived to pose a threat.”

But we also won’t evacuate the school, or call in a bomb squad, or move the item out of the school, while we wait for the cops. That’s how much of a threat we thought it was.