A few days ago both me and DH got messages from our elementary school. Turns out, some bum was arrested a block away, which triggered emergency proceedings in school and students were marched out of their classrooms.
Meanwhile in Texas 14-year old Ahmet Mohamed brought something he called a clock (tick-tock, tick-tock) to school. He showed the device to his teachers just one of whom thought it looked too much like a bomb and called police. As Pamela Geller notes:
When police questioned the boy, WFAA reports, they said he was “passive aggressive” and didn’t give them a “reasonable answer” as to why he had brought his contraption to the school. “We attempted to question the juvenile about what it was and he would simply only say it was a clock. He didn’t offer any explanation as to what it was for, why he created this device, why he brought it to school,” said James McLellan of the Irving Police Department.
Although the IED-looking project turned out to be an 80’s Radio Shack digital clock , the teen’s alleged genius immediately drew praises from the political and corporate establishment, receiving high profile invitations, including Google, NASA and the White House. That’s one way to shame the jittered “islamophobes”.
Because Ahmet’s dad is an Islamic activist, it’s generally assumed that the family attempted, successfully, to gain notoriety. But what if the motives of the perpetrators were more sinister? How do we know that Ahmet’s “Islamophobia” clock wasn’t a dry run? As my husband points out that it’s basically an equivalent of the Flying Imams asking for seat belt extensions on the airplane. And while we can count on American men to subdue terrorists mid-flight, can our overprotected boys handle a high school jihadi?
Yeah, I worry about it. One mom in our school wears a full face covering. I keep thinking I need to invite her to Peet’s so we can figure out Muslim-Jewish relations over a cup of coffee… oh wait.