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Fear should not stifle creativity of the youth

Fear should not stifle creativity of the youth

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Fear should not stifle creativity of the youth
September 17
00:29 2015

The Editorial Board

It should be understood that the face of terrorism in this world is most decidedly not a high school whiz kid from Irving, Texas.

Apart from bearing a name many Americans associate with Islamic terrorism, Ahmed Mohamed bears no resemblance to anything of a violent nature.

The Sudanese high school freshman was arrested on Monday, having brought a homemade clock to school in hopes of impressing his classmates and teachers. After the invention was touted by one of his teachers as the structure for a possible bomb, the Ahmed was questioned by school officials and promptly arrested when the clock was deemed to be a “hoax bomb.”

Irving police chief Larry Boyd addressed the matter after a follow-up investigation revealed the device was in fact just what he described: a clock.

“There is no evidence to support the perception he intended to create alarm,” the chief said, later describing the incident as a “naïve accident.”

Indeed, it was naïve, and a question on the judgment of the officials at the school. The school made a hasty decision, despite Ahmed’s protests, to detain and villify an industrious boy.

If there was an immediate suspicion of a bomb being present on school grounds, why was an evacuation not called, and, pray tell, if this was merely a sadistic prank meant to panic others, why didn’t Ahmed do anything to incite such mayhem?

Imagine if this incident had taken place four years in the future on our own college campus, mere miles from the town of Irving. With campus carry legislation validated and fully legal by that time, this story might not have ended with dropped charges and an invitation to the White House.

Ahmed should not be ashamed or frightened to share his accomplishments with the world. The outpouring has in just a short time gone international. Apart from a tweet from President Obama encouraging him to continue pursuing his interests in science — along with acknowledgements from Mark Zuckerberg, NASA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — the world has decidedly rushed to the young boy’s aid and will hopefully help correct the situation from a position where this could be poised to happen again.

We at the North Texas Daily urge those on both our own and other campus’ to be vigilant against anything that could potentially harm other students. However we implore a sense of urgency in improving the systemic and improper profiling of others based on  the color of their skin or their religion.

Having experienced such problems at our own university in recent weeks, we have become aware the issue of Islamophobia extends far beyond Irving.

We urge a sense of caution in jumping to any sort of conclusion about anyone. In a post-9/11 world, where Americans have grown accustom to domestic violence, it’s important we do not become so hypervigilant that we associate our brightest minds with terrorists because of their appearance.

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