AHMED IN THE CROSSHAIRS
• Ahmed “clock boy” Mohamed, 14, was arrested on Monday, September 14 for bringing an alleged hoax bomb to MacArthur High School in Irving. This spurred widespread public reaction that included allegations of Islamophobia and racial profiling. After Ahmed moved to Qatar, his family threatened to sue the City of Irving and the Irving school district for civil rights violations and physical and mental anguish unless they receive a written apology and $15 million. An incredibly negative backlash resulted in a wave of malicious comments being left on Ahmed’s new Facebook page. One of those comments instructs the youngster to kill himself.
Editor’s Note: The Facebook comments quoted in this story include numerous obscenities.
By BEN TINSLEY
IRVING — Comments left on 14-year-old Ahmed “clock boy” Mohamed’s new Facebook page smack of pure rage.
That’s the only way to describe FB messages that say,“Kill yourself, Ahmed” and “Fuck you and die, Ahmed. Do not come back to America” and “I Hope you Die on the way to Qatar. Thief boy.”
This was in response to the Sept. 14 incident in which the teenager was taken into custody for bringing an alleged hoax bomb to MacArthur High School in Irving — spurring widespread public reaction that included allegations of Islamophobia and racial profiling. The FB anger is apparently a direct reaction to the request from Ahmed’s family for a written apology and $15 million from city of Irving and the Irving school district.
The FB comments are listed verbatim (misspellings and all) in this story. They can be viewed firsthand at https://www.facebook.com/Ahmed-Mohamed-739362926207159/
They are increasingly, undeniably, vicious:
• “You are seriously the biggest disappointment of 2015.”
• “You are worse than a murderer”
• “I don’t blame you, I blame the people behind you, particularly your father for pimping you out to make an extra buck. Shame on him.”
• “Good luck getting entrance to NASA or whatever job you want security clearance for”
• “What involvement did you have in the Paris attacks?”
• “I wish you and your family the worst in life”
• “ … we all know you were not making a clock, it clearly shows the results of a bomb. so forget the money you think you deserve. go back to your country and make bombs there.”
Ahmed lists his profession as “scientist” on the FB page. His friendly first entry is dated at 10:29 p.m. on Nov. 22.
“How is everyone?” reads Ahmed’s first post. “ I have to say that this is the only page thats run by me any other pages might be fake and if you would please report them. Thank You.”
The youngster was propelled to fame and Internet notoriety after he brought the aforementioned “hoax bomb” with him to classes at MacArthur High School in Irving on Monday, September 14.
Ahmed later told authorities he had assembled the parts of a electronic clock in a pencil box and brought it to school to show his teachers. (His account of how the clock was assembled has since been challenged by a number of hoax allegations and conspiracy theories.)
Ahmed’s English teacher confiscated the clock, thinking it resembled a bomb. He was reported to the school’s principal. Police were called. Ahmed was questioned by police for an hour and a half.
After being taken into custody, handcuffed, and transported to a juvenile detention facility, Ahmed was fingerprinted, his photograph was taken, and he was released to his parents. He was suspended from school for three days, but the case case has not been pursued any further by juvenile justice authorities.
News of the incident went out via mainstream press, then Twitter — then viral. The publicity brought allegations that the actions of school officials and authorities were due to racial stereotyping of Ahmed, who is Sudanese and Muslim faith.
Activists, politicians, media personalities, technology company executives and even President Obama, weighed in on the incident. Ahmed was invited to the White House, and to many other high profile events connected to encouraging the interest of young people in technology and science.
Ahmed’s family later decided to move to Qatar, accepting the scholarship offered by the Qatar Foundation.
Irving police ultimately decided not to charge the teenager with a crime.
On November 23, 2015, Ahmed’s family threatened to sue the City of Irving and the school district for civil rights violations and physical and mental anguish unless they receive a written apology and compensation of $15 million.
The resulting wave of animosity reflected on the teenager’s FB page are all fairly recent (and listed in no particular order). A reporter photographed all entries cited in this story.
• Cindy Melpho: “Fuck you and die Ahmed. DO NOT COME BACK TO AMERICA. You are not welcome. AND FUCK YOU ZUCKERBERG. Facebook is shit. Your market cap is a joke. Worlds worst drug.”
• Cindy Melpho: “Kills yourself Ahmed”
• Laverne Ledford: “Ahamed, we all know you were not making a clock, it clearly shows the results of a bomb. so forget the money you think you deserve. go back to your country and make bombs there.”
• Andy Cunningham: “You are a cock sucker Ahmed a disgusting peice of shit… What kind of retard takes a old clock and puts it in a briefcase then takes it to school ? Now trying to sue for 15 million.. I can only hope that your lie is found out and you and your family get deported to some third world shit hole with no money Nice job trying fraud money from the government with your bullshit scam.. Looks like everyone is finally starting to see through the lie .. Greedy cock sucker”
• Araceli Moreno: “Fuck you kid! You didn’t invent shit. You took apart a commercially available clock and purposely made it look like a bomb. Then you played the “racial profiling” card. You’re a fraud and your father’s puppet! http://www.infowars.com/judge-clock-kid-family-could-be.../"
• M Kathryn Yancey: “Muslim batters….go live in Iraq or Syria….get the he’ll out of America”
• Sophia Catherine Blake: “You are seriously the biggest disappointment of 2015.”
• Trey Hughes: “What makes you think you and your family deserve $15 million bucks? Seriously, how “horrific” was that situation? You were caught on camera waving to the press after your “arrest” with a big smile on your face. Oh and the majority of your family was smiling as well. And the pic of you with the cuffs on was staged at the police station so nice try. So forget the haters and “keep doing what you do” which is nothing. My point is you didn’t seem traumatized as well. The good folks of the U.S. are the ones that are traumatized by this foolishness so your ass should pay us for having to deal with this crap.”
• John Bendheim: “You’re a fraud Ahmed!”
• Salman Sujat Anowar: “All the love and sympathy you gained through your incident is all but lost now. You got tons of freebies, meet and greet with all the public figures and now you want 15 million for what? Tell your parents and advisers to come back to their senses. You can demand for a letter of apology but money, cmon man!”
• Rad Novy: “Apology? for what??? do you know what he really “invented?”
• Jeff Sorensen: “15 million? You can’t ask for that much for taking something apart and putting it in a box. Cmon son.”
• Tobias Karadut: “So you got so Emotional disturbed that you now have to move to Qatar and Sue for 15 Million Dollars, but you had absolutley no problem with meeting with “Uncle Bashir”, a wanted Warcriminal?”
• Crystal Timmings: “What a scam you and your family have run….All sympathy I had for you is gone out the window. 15 million??????? Greedy con artists.”
• Jan Biehl: “you are not a fucking scientist. you are a little shit. suing texas for 15 fucking MILLION. you are just a mad fucker with a clock built from an alarm clock.”
Adrian Aliazadeh Eyo: “Ahmed if you get that 15M i will personally come to Qatar or wherever the fuck you are and fuck you up ya lil bitch. I am a muslim and you give us a bad name. Hope this reaches you. Justice was served, you spent less than 4 hours being questioned so you want 15M? that money is meant to be spent on things more important than you shithead”
Michael LaFountain: “I Hope you Die on the way to Qatar. Thief boy”
• Cindy Melpho: “You are a piece of shit. There are real people who work for no rewards. You engineer this news and it works so perfectly. It’s undeserved. You are worse than a murderer.”
• Faizan Qureshi: “I supported you Ahmed but seriously — Drop the lawsuit bro — -asking for 15 million dollars is an absolute disgrace and will hurt many students. I don’t blame you, I blame the people behind you, particularly your father for pimping you out to make an extra buck. Shame on him.”
Nomiker Casey Casey: “Good luck getting entrance to NASA or whatever job you want security clearance for”
Luc Davidoff : “What involvement did you have in the Paris attacks?”
Dave Spencer: “I am not going to lie, I supported you and felt very sad for what had occurred for you before and I even hoped all the best for you in Qatar, but wow now you really really disappointed me and I regret every sympathy feelings I had for you. Using your case to get some cash is a new level of lowness; 15 million dollars for what? for being handcuffed ? you weren’t even jailed for a night.”
SeanYe Paul: “Good job Ahmed…. Months ago you fooled a bunch of idiots with your scam (President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg included) but now EVERYONE realizes what a sham and a hoax your whole story is. You aren’t a victim. You represent the worst of society and I wish you and your family the worst in life…”
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