Local officials have justified the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed, the teenager accused of bringing a bomb to school that was actually a highly-advanced, homemade digital clock, saying “he got what he asked for.”
Anti-Muslim mayor Beth Van Duyne claimed Mohamed’s failure to comply with officers was the reason he was detained.
“In my own conversations with the police is that he was not forthcoming with information, but I just think common sense prevails,” Mayor Duyne told KDFW. “Does it make sense? And if not, why?”
The Irving mayor is already known for her strong Islamophobia and fear-mongering attempts including campaigning against a non-existent Sharia law court.
Heath Wester, president of the Texas Municipal Patrolman’s Association, also expressed similar Islamophobic sentiments in regards to Mohamed’s arrest. Wester argued that Mohamed brought the clock to school as a publicity stunt.
“I think his intent was to see how far he could get with the device and to see what kind of alarmant he could get,” Wester said. “And as you can see now, he’s got what he asked for. He’s gotten that alarmant. He’s gotten that excitement or whatever he was trying to get. He got it.”
Amid the outpouring of sympathy and support for Mohamed, hate-mongering and fear still persist for a 14-year-old who was arrested — not for doing something wrong — but rather because of the color of his skin.