WASHINGTON, September 21, 2017 — Do you remember clock boy? Ahmed Mohamed, 14 years-old, reassembled the parts of a digital clock in pencil container placed in a briefcase.
Ahmed took the case to school, showed his creation to his teachers, plugged it in and set a timer on the clock. When the clock alarm started beeping, the English teacher asked to see it, and said, “Well, it looks like a bomb. Don’t show it to anyone else.”
That English teacher, in a moment of clarity, confiscated the device and reported the student to the school’s principal.
The teen was questioned by police, taken into custody and sent to a juvenile detention facility.
At 14 the young man, who is a “known electronics enthusiast” and who is of at least normal intelligence, intentionally created a “hoax” bomb which is in violation of Texas law. His father said he had encouraged his son to show the teachers his “technological” ability.
The timing of this incident, and response, just days after the 14th anniversary of September 11, cannot go unnoticed.
Ahmed became that moment’s darling of the left with cries of racial profiling and Islamaphobia. President Obama joined the hue and cry against the young man’s ill-treatment, praised the boy for his ingenuity and invited him to the White House.
Now Jackson Riley, a five-year-old in Modesto, California is being charged with making “terrorist threats” because he did not want to take off his new, very cool, Super Mario backpack which did not include any electronic parts, wires or digital clocks counting down.
Jackson—remember, a five-year-old—unwisely told teachers that if they took his backpack, it might explode.
“So they look in his backpack, and my son’s 5 years old; obviously there’s no bomb in my kid’s backpack. They called me at work and said, ‘There’s been an incident at the school'”, said father Ian Riley.
“They told me everything that my son said, and they said, ‘You need to come pick your son up, and this is going to be a one-day suspension.'”
Riley argued that the school code used to suspend the child only applied to students in fourth through 12th grade. So the school escalated the charges against the boy to making “terrorist threats” sending the father a letter that said young Jackson “intentionally engaged in harassment, threats or intimidation.”
“They said, ‘Well, hey you’re right, it doesn’t fit, so here’s what we’ve done for you. We’ve taken that code back, and we went ahead and gave him terrorist threats,” Ian said. “It was like, ‘We super-sized this for you at no extra charge.’”
What the school administrators are forgetting is the child development classes they should have taken that state the age of reason is seven, meaning that Jackson could not make an intentional threat to do harm.
From Scholastic.com’s article “The Age of Reason“:
“It is not until the age of 7, give or take a year or so, that your child’s conscience begins to mature enough to guide her actions. In fact, there is typically a marked surge in moral and mental maturity at that special moment in development (child psychiatrists Theodore Shapiro and Richard Perry first described this in 1976 in an article titled ‘Latency Revisited: The Age of Seven, Plus or Minus One’). It’s been called the ‘Age of Reason,’ since these children have a newly internalized sense of right and wrong.”
The suspension is going on their son’s permanent record, which used to be a meaningless threat used to combat bad behavior. However, the ultra-liberal, ultra sensitive, everything lives forever on computers and despite being void of rational thought this public school decision could be something that follows young Riley into his future, branding him a terrorist throughout his schooling.
So Ian and Michelle Riley are contesting. This may be time to remember the child is five-years-old, he was not a threat, there were no electronics or dismantled clocks in his backpack.
Crayons are not explosives.
And it might be time to look into private school or homeschooling. Because any rational adult not in the public school system can see the difference between 14-year-old Ahmed’s counting down clock, and a little kid that just wanted to keep his very cool Super Mario backpack on.
But then this is a public school in California. And young Jackson, who is probably no more than 50 lbs in weight or 50 inches tall, is white and is being branded a terrorist. At the age of five.
Liberal public school insanity at its best.