Federal officials are still probing the kerfuffle involving Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teenager whose curious-looking disassembled clock led to accusations he’d brought a hoax bomb to school. They have suggested mandatory re-education workshops on the topic of religious tolerance for local police officers and teachers.
Back in September, nearly 30 members of the U.S. Congress called for a Justice Department investigation based on their belief that Mohamed had been “systematically profiled.” Police had handcuffed the 14-year-old teen, paraded him down a hallway in front of other students and then delivered him to a juvenile detention hall.
Irving Independent School District officials are busily collecting information in response to a letter they received in October from the Justice Department, reports The Dallas Morning News.
“They asked for a number of things,” school district spokeswoman Lesley Weaver told the newspaper. “We’ve been gathering documents.”
Weaver indicated that the feds’ letter — which it has not made public — is unrelated to meetings involving the Justice Department’s community relations unit which have concerned allegations of widespread anti-Muslim bias in Irving.
Officials with the Justice Department’s community relations unit who have visited Irving have suggested in meetings that local teachers and police officers should be forced to submit to re-education workshops on the topic of religious tolerance, meeting attendees told the Morning News.
“The District certainly welcomes the opportunity to explore training options for” police officers on school campuses, school district attorney Tina Patel has since written in a communique.
Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne has defended local cops and school employees.
“If your child was in that school and you saw something like this come in, you would want to make sure it is our priority to make our children safe in school, period,” Van Duyne told Glenn Beck in September, as Beck waxed favorably about various conspiracy theories involving the strategic importance of Irving to American Muslims.
Mohamed became a national sensation when the story circulated that he was arrested and suspended from his Irving, Texas, school after his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb.
Before his trouble over the bomb-looking object began in an English class, Mohamed had showed the primitive thing he was calling an invention to a teacher in the morning. That teacher prudently warned the freshman to keep the clock to himself the rest of the day.
“He was like, ‘That’s really nice,'” the boy explained to the Morning News. “I would advise you not to show any other teachers.'” Mohamed did not heed this counsel. (RELATED: Cops Detain High School Freshman Ahmed Mohamed After Officials Mistake His Clock For A BOMB)
In any case, Mohamed’s saga has been treated as an emblematic case of American ignorance and Islamophobia holding back an inventive young mind. President Barack Obama invited the teen to the White House. He received a huge set of tech goodies from Microsoft. He was invited to Google’s California headquarters based on his reputation as a young inventor.
The teenager also did a good bit of traveling in the Middle East after his clock bomb hoax, and after President Barack Obama defended him — tweeting his no-doubt expensive voyages and calling Sudan “home.” A journey to Mecca had been in the works.
Mohamed’s father, Mohamed Hassan al-Sufi, has twice run for the presidency of Sudan.
Mohamed and his family have since abandoned Texas for the confines in Qatar which they perceive as friendlier. (RELATED: Clock Boy Leaving America To Live In Theocratic Authoritarian Slave State)
“I loved the city of Doha because it’s so modern,” the teen gushed during a visit. “I saw so many amazing schools there, many of them campuses of famous American universities. The teachers were great. I think I will learn a lot and have fun too.”
Qatar is, in fact, quite different from Texas. The country’s human rights record is positively appalling. It’s also an absolute monarchy ruled by the Al-Thani family. Parliamentary elections have never been held. The country is run on Sharia law. Qatar has been rated as having the fourth-highest concentration of slave laborers in the world. (RELATED: BBC Journalists Jailed For Telling Truth About Qatar)