Ahmed Mohamed, a high school freshman in Irvine, Texas, has been in the news for bringing to school a clock that looked exactly like a bomb and then expecting an apology from the authorities who thought it looked exactly like a bomb.
President Obama, master of political correctness, invited Ahmed to the White House because he had been wronged by all who worried that what looked like a bomb might be one. I seriously doubt that if one of my children pulled such a prank there would be a White House invitation. What is special about Ahmed? He is protected by political correctness.
Ahmed is a clever prankster. He apparently counted on folks being so afraid of looking like racists for suspecting a kid from a culture which has produced terrorists with bombs that no one would dare “profile” him as a bomb-maker. Or, he wanted them to do so. (If Osama bin Laden had a son, he would look like Ahmed.) Ahmed knew it was just a clock, so he did not fear dire consequences. But he surely intended that it look like a bomb, even bringing it in a suitcase. It was not brought to school for a science fair. He did not take precautions, as far as I know, to correct the impression that it looked like a bomb.
Looks and culture and religion aside, I remember two incidents close to me that were not funny pranks.
This week I drove past Columbine High School and Columbine Memorial Park. We all know about the sad incident there that resulted in many deaths from two white students bringing a bomb and guns for deadly purposes.
On the subject of fake weapons, a woman in our county had a confrontation with police. She refused to put down her toy water pistol. She knew it was a toy. The police did not. She wanted them to think it was real. She was shot. Suicide by cop they call it. Ahmed and Barack — It was not a funny prank. Neither is it funny to make a clock look like a bomb in order to get frightened reactions.
Ahmed needs to grow up. President Obama needs to stay out of school discipline.