Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby lfinsr » Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:23 pm

A foundation has offered to pay for Ahmed's high school and college in Qatar.


I'm guessing there wouldn't be any problem getting a collection together for a one-way ticket for the entire family either.
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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby philip964 » Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:01 pm

philip964 wrote:http://news.yahoo.com/texas-teens-clock-mistaken-bomb-retrieved-police-214143479.html

He's got is clock back. The police have released the clock. Now he can move to Qatar.

Its also stopped raining for the moment in Houston. Can you tell its a slow news day?


Nope it is still raining.


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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby jrs_diesel » Sun Oct 25, 2015 3:14 pm

philip964 wrote:
philip964 wrote:Its also stopped raining for the moment in Houston. Can you tell its a slow news day?


Nope it is still raining.


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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby VoiceofReason » Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:00 pm

EEllis wrote:I haven't seen a pic of the clock. Is it possible that the kid made a "Bomb" clock? We have all seen those novelty clocks and I wouldn't be shocked if a 14yo kid just didn't think it through and made something similar as a joke. I would expect the press to mention it if so, but considering that would mean there was no story, the fact that the clock really does look, and was designed to look, like a bomb might just be left out. Why report the truth when you can make people look stupid and racist.


Why report the truth when you can make people look stupid and racist.

In this case, the media didn't have to make anyone “look stupid and racist”. The school and police did a good job of that by themselves, and people have been jumping on that bandwagon every since.

It has now become a competition as to who can look the most stupid and racist.
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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby EEllis » Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:44 pm

VoiceofReason wrote:
EEllis wrote:Why report the truth when you can make people look stupid and racist.

In this case, the media didn't have to make anyone “look stupid and racist”. The school and police did a good job of that by themselves, and people have been jumping on that bandwagon every since.

It has now become a competition as to who can look the most stupid and racist.


I disagree. It's more about the reporting, reporting absurd claims like they have the same value as credible statements. It gives people who are desperate to be outraged something to crow about real or not.

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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby puma guy » Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:55 pm

I am amazed this thread is still going on. I stopped reading it as soon it he was exposed as a fake and the clock he "built" was a disassembled manufactured digital alarm clock made to look like something it wasn't. I saw the new posts today so I peered in. Gone for good this time.
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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby SA_Steve » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:02 am

news folks are still referring to the clock he "built"

you'd think by now they would all know the truth
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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby LSUTiger » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:23 am

LSUTiger wrote:The response, while not surprising, was totally unjustified. Clearly no one involved, other than the engineering teacher and the student knows spit from shinola.

The whole incident is just ridiculous.

"He showed it to his engineering teacher first thing Monday morning and didn’t get quite the reaction he’d hoped for.

“He was like, ‘That’s really nice,’” Ahmed said. “‘I would advise you not to show any other teachers.’”"

Sounds like the engineering teacher could have easily cleared this up and avoided the whole incident.

A clock circuit board is hardly a bomb. A $10 alarm clock from Wal-Mart could be used as a timing device for a bomb. So because I have an alarm clock, I have a bomb making component?

I'm sure an Iphone could be used as a timing or GPS location device for a bomb. Absent, explosives, trigger devices or other obvious configuration to make it into or look like a bomb then what's the big deal?

I'm sure if these dumb dumb cops took apart the laptops in their cruisers they would find circuit boards that look very similar. So if you own a laptop, do you have bomb making components? Or a hoax bomb?

Everyday most of us carry sufficient electronic devices to use as a bomb making component.

In my profession, I've hand carried more sophisticated pieces of electronics and other hardware to job sites that could be mistaken for a bomb in my carry on or checked in luggage and have made through the TSA and multiple international check points with out a problem.

People are losing their darn minds. This is slippery slope stuff if it goes any further than an over reaction.


I have to admit I feel like a darned fool for falling for this stuff. :oops:
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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby VMI77 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 11:45 am

SA_Steve wrote:news folks are still referring to the clock he "built"

you'd think by now they would all know the truth


"News" folks? I wasn't aware news folks still existed in the US. It's been years since I've seen any. Those propagandists and advertisers claiming to provide "news" don't care about the truth of anything unless it serves their agenda.
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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby philip964 » Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:14 am

Clock Boy is in the news with the release of internal police emails.

Chronicle story is so buggy I'm not going to show the link.

Near as I can tell VICE media outlet, who I can't find, made a freedom of information request.

Apparently the police force was being self critical after the arrest saying things like "we have made him into a hero" and "that doesn't look like a bomb".

Hopefully someone else will write the story without so much bad script.

EDIT here is the link not having trouble with it now. http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas ... 620429.php

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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby VoiceofReason » Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:48 pm

Host Ed Wallace denied the officer's critiques. He wrote, "for it to be a bomb, it would have to be wired to a block of C4, dynamite, or even a pipe with explosives inside. None of which exists in Ahmed's circuit board. And that is the true stupidity of all this. Of course the police also knew this immediately and still arrested the kid. Therein lies the problem." (emphasis mine)
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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby Bitter Clinger » Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:29 pm

And now "'Clock Kid' Ahmed Mohamed, family suing Texas city, school for $15 million":

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/23/ah ... cmp=hplnws

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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby Middle Age Russ » Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:44 pm

C'mon... Who did not see this coming??? Given past activism in the family, huge press coverage and then moving out of country, it can only be expected that the family via someone acting as their proxy would file such a suit.
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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby bigity » Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:00 pm

Wasn't the lawsuit the point of the entire staged deal?
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Re: Nerdy 14 year old brings homemade clock to school and is arrested

Postby bmwrdr » Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:34 pm

There is the headline on Google news, he wants $15,000,000 and a written excuse.
Why wasn't he fined and expelled from school for failure to disclose before hand and the apparent provocation?

http://national.suntimes.com/national-world-news/7/72/2174614/ahmed-mohamed-wants-15-million-written-apologies/
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