A teenage Muslim was arrested for bring a “homemade” clock to school. The police suspected it was a hoax bomb. His family claimed racial profiling by the school and police. Turns out it’s likely a hoax setup or scam.
The device went off in a locker and got the school’s attention. Sketchy.
Exposing the hoax:
I suspected this was a hoax. Those familiar with interrogation know that suspects have “tells.” This is because they know the truth they want to conceal. The truth slips out. In an interview, Mohamed said:
“I never thought I’d get this far. But since I have gotten this far, I will try my best not just to help me but to help every other kid in the world who has a problem like this.”
This statement is utterly out of place for a kid detained and then released by police. What did he mean “I never thought I’d get this far”?
Did he seriously think he’d be in prison forever? Doubtful. Or did he think his hoax would garner much less attention? That’s the plausible explanation.
Likely, he does feel he’s been discriminated against in the past and that’s sad.
Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, has been an attention seeker and public supporter of Islam. A resident of the U.S., he regularly runs for president of Sudan and reportedly collects “campaign contributions.” That could be seen as sketchy behavior.
Many looking at the situation speculate that Ahmed’s father wanted to make a political statement by getting his son arrested. There’s possibility of booty too:
1. One site has raised over $10,000 for Ahmed in one day with a goal to reach $100,000.
2. His dad said he will sue the police and the school district. Two lawsuits. Two anticipated settlements worth hundreds of thousands or millions.
3. Obama invited him to the White House. Punking the President. How cool is that?
4. MIT invited him to their campus and some have pledged to pay Ahmed’s tution.
5. Microsoft sent him A Surface Pro 3, a Microsoft Band, a 3D printer, an Office 365 subscription.
Another noteworthy thing. He was arrested in a NASA T-shirt. He then re-wore the same T-shirt for a MSNBC interview. That reeks of image management. He’s been invited to tour NASA.
I believe all people should be treated equally and fairly. Muslims are people just like you and me. On the other hand, I have no tolerance for falsifications designed to make the police look bad or to con money.
If the father pursues a lawsuit, I hope the police investigate this further. If this is a hoax, it harms all parties involved.
This will restore your faith in humanity. Not.