That Awkward Moment a 14-Year Old Pulls One Over On "The Smartest Person In The Room"
A 14-year-old Texas ninth-grader with a record of pranks and suspensions – his sister also was suspended three years earlier for threatening to bomb the school – builds a contraption with wires, computer boards and a closable case that looks to many like a bomb.
He takes it without permission to his public school, where the device interrupts a class with an electronic alarm. Then, when teachers and, later, police demand an explanation for the device, he refuses to answer, other than to say it’s “a clock.”
School officials, on guard amid the myriad threats to schools these days, want him out the door immediately, and police take him downtown for further questioning.
The outcome, however, isn’t punishment for the student, Ahmed Mohamed of Irving, Texas.
It’s invitations from some of the biggest tech names in the country, meeting President Obama at the White House for “astronomy night” Monday, a scholarship fund, a special honor from New York City, a meeting with an African head of state wanted for genocide, and more, including a Wikipedia page.
All for apparently taking a screwdriver to an off-the-shelf, commercially manufactured clock, taking it apart and hauling it to school.