We Can Do More Than #StandWithAhmed

We Can Do More Than #StandWithAhmed

by Nick Hutchinson, Executive Director, US2020

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 7:05am

Last week, Ahmed Mohamed was suspended from school and detained by Irving County Police for bringing a homemade alarm clock to class. Police and school officials accused him of making a "hoax bomb."

The case has been litigated on Twitter ever since, with the #IStandWithAhmed hashtag trending globally. Plausible accusations of bigotry aside, one comment from the Irving police particularly stood out:

James McLellan, Irving Police Officer: "He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation.... The concern was, what was this thing built for?"

McLellan's comment is an extreme example of how we often treat scientific curiosity in children. Perhaps it goes without saying (for everyone outside Irving) that 14-year-old students shouldn't need a "broader explanation" for making things. We should aspire to an education system where Ahmed's ingenuity isn't considered -- as Lesley Weaver, Irving Independent School District spokeswoman, called it -- "out of the ordinary."

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