14-year old wrongly accused of bringing a bomb to school is sent a Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft

14-year old wrongly accused of bringing a bomb to school is sent a Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft
Last week, 14-year old Ahmed Mohamed brought something to school that scared the hell out of school officials. The Texas high-school student had fashioned a digital clock out of a pencil case, and figured he would receive praise from his teacher for this project. Instead, the worst kind of racism and prejudice reared its ugly head. The teacher figured that with the student's name, a homemade clock could only mean one thing...a bomb. The principal agreed and the cops were called.

Faster than you can spell overreaction, Ahmed found himself escorted out of the school in handcuffs. When the cops asked the kid to explain what it was that he brought to school, he kept telling them that it was a clock. The cops weren't happy with that answer, and charged him with bringing a fake bomb to school. Eventually, after interrogating the youth for hours without a lawyer present, the charges were dropped.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella decided that Ahmed could use some cheering up after a rough week. So he sent the kid a Surface Pro 3, a Microsoft Band and some other goodies that put a smile on the 14-year old's face. Mohamed wants to attend MIT, and has even received an invitation from the president to show him the homemade clock.

Kudos to Nadella and Microsoft. Companies as big as the software giant do have the ability to make a difference in people's lives. It's called being a good corporate citizen, and other huge companies should follow in Microsoft's footsteps.
 

source: MicrosoftNews

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129 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now that is just AWESOME! Bravo, Microsoft!

32. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Anyone surprised this happened in Texas?

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm not.

85. engineer-1701d unregistered

its messed up but its the times we live in no one thought 2 guys would make bombs and blow boston marathon people body parts all over, no one thought people could take down 2twin tires with a box knife but it happened and school bombings up and its the week of 9/11 so from a teacher's point they seen what looked like a circuit board with digital clock a "bomb" and reported it to save kids in school

91. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

If the kid was white, teachers would say: "Oh, what a lovely homemade clock", but since he was arabian reaction was different. Nothing but racism here peole, move along.

126. Cellphonator12

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Really? How sad, playing the race card is always easy huh?

137. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Maybe you should look at the pictures of the device and see it doesn't look like any kind of bomb. It's just a peace of green PCB connected to digital clock interface with a couple of wires. There is absolutely nothing that could suggest the device in question is a bomb. I stand by my previous claim. If it was a white kid named Andrew or Stephen there would be no issue at all but since it was Ahmed Mohamed it must be a bomb.

99. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with @avalon2105 in post #91. You know full well that this is another case of racism, plain and simple, engineer-1701d. To think it's anything other than that is ridiculous.

127. Cellphonator12

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

They used a pressure cooker to make a bomb in Boston. Would have thought a pressure cooker could do that? Nah. This is playing race card, if you use it too much people gets tired of it and when it's true they don't believe you.

133. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

This isn't "playing the race card", it's racism, plain and simple. And considering what "pressure cookers" do, it's conceivable that one can be used as a bomb.

105. Khaled97

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

The teacher knew it wasn't a bomb The faculty knew as well. No bomb squad was called in. The school wasn't evacuated and the clock was being handled as if it wouldn't explode under any circumstance. If that school is to stick to their false story of how the teacher genuinely thought it was a bomb, then that school needs to terminate that teacher's employment for putting everyone's life in jeopardy

117. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Oh Puhleeze , a person smart enough to make that will just casually walk into the classroom and just show teacher the bomb ? Why not detonate it simply and secretly ? Also , teachers should have some idea how the student is/ what are his problems etc.....not just judge on the basis of name or past incidents.

140. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

And who amongst those you mentioned were kids?

94. sgodsell

Posts: 7180; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Did anyone look at his clock? I mean since when does a clock only have two led digital segments? So from 00 - 88, okay a real useful clock. Couldn't you have added 2 more segments or at least one more on your clock kid.

100. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

What the hell does that have to do with the way the kid was treated? And a 14 year old drilled by police without his parents or lawyer being present? But, I'm sure you agree with that.

45. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Nope.

54. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Remember that many readers are from places outside the US. You need to give a little insight about Texas such as "I wouldn't piss on Texas if it was on fire".

56. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

We need a border wall but it should be on the Northern Texas border.

65. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's ironic that you say that. That's the same train of thought that created this situation in the first place. While that attitude may be more prevalent in a place like Texas, that doesn't mean that everyone residing in Texas feels that way. Just like every resident of California isn't open-minded and accepting of all things. The only way to stop prejudice is not to try and counter it with more prejudice. Judge people individually don't lump them into groups.

70. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Fair point.

71. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're doing the same thing they're doing. Hypocrite much?

72. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Please visit us in Texas before jumping to conclusions.

2. AZNHA unregistered

i feel so jealous , nice Microsoft

5. TechNeck

Posts: 649; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

HACHIMANN!!!!!! ;-;

74. AZNHA unregistered

what ? ._.

86. ThisIsPatrick

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

Hikigayaaaaa! ;-;

13. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Liberty news? You'd be more credible if you posted something from the Onion.

87. engineer-1701d unregistered

check all the news reports and look at the device its a very simple thing and it is printed circuit boards close image you can see the baords numbers

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