Clock Boy Ahmed Mohamed is Headed Back to Texas
You remember “Clock Boy,” right?
The 14-year-old 9th grader shot to fame after he parlayed a hoax bomb incident into media fame, garnering acclaim as a boy “genius” complete with television appearances, offers of a M.I.T. scholarship, private meetings with Bill Gates, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and a trip to the White House to meet President Obama.
Ahmed Mohamed wasn’t just any precocious teenager. He was a Muslim living in Irving, Texas at a time when even the threat of “Islamaphobia” drew massive publicity and instant sympathy from the president, and his family knew how to milk it for all it was worth – literally.
Ahmed, who had fashioned a crude hoax bomb using the guts of an alarm clock to scare teachers and fellow students at MacArthur High School, claimed the school had questioned him about the device only because of its anti-Muslim bias.
In fact, Ahmed had ignored the advice of the first teacher he showed it to in engineering class, who told him to keep it in his backpack for the rest of the school day because it looked like a bomb and could scare people, eventually being sent to the principal’s office to explain.
Like many other states, Texas has a “hoax bomb” law making it a crime to cause alarm or fear by making another person believe they have an explosive device in their possession, and Ahmed was taken into juvenile custody after being questioned at school.
He was not charged and served only a brief suspension at school, but his father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, a 9/11 conspiracy theorist who claimed the attack was perpetrated by the U.S. as an excuse to declare war on Islam, threatened a $15 million lawsuit against the school and the school district.
Ahmed and the family moved to Qatar where he accepted a high school scholarship sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood, but now, it appears Ahmed has tired of life in the Muslim country and wants to come home to Texas.
“I want to go back to a place where everyone knows me,” Ahmed told the CBS affiliate in Dallas, but the lack of coverage of the former media darling shows that his star has faded.
What looks like a money grab by his father makes Ahmed look more like a dupe than a genius.