Target: Principal Daniel Cummings of MacArthur High School
Goal: Apologize for the school’s racist and Islamophobic treatment of a 14-year-old who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school.
Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Texas student, was arrested and suspended after bringing a homemade clock to high school that teachers suspected could be a “hoax bomb.” The boy has a big interest in science and engineering and brought in his creation to show to his teachers. Instead, three teachers reported it as suspicious.
Police came and arrested Mohamed but determined the device was in fact not a hoax bomb. The school still suspended Mohamed for three days. His father, Elhassan Mohamed, says the incident is a classic case of Islamophobia.
The school issued a letter to parents of students about the incident but failed to mention that the item was simply a homemade clock. They instead warned parents to remind their children not to bring prohibited items to school and to always report suspicious items or behavior. It hasn’t been said whether or not a clock is a prohibited item.
This kind of racial and religious prejudice is disgusting and completely uncalled for. This boy simply wanted to bring in something to impress his teachers and was instead a victim of racial injustice. Tell the principal to apologize for the school’s treatment of Ahmed and to change the way it treats its students.
Dear Principal Daniel Cummings,
It’s outrageous to hear that 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested, detained and suspended for bringing a homemade clock to school. He explained his creation to his teachers and brought it in to impress them, yet racial and religious prejudice made them report the boy and his clock as suspicious. The fact that he was arrested for this was ridiculous.
Students should not be shamed like this when they obviously did nothing wrong. The situation should not have gotten to this level, and the school should be ashamed of how it handled this. It’s a classic case of Islamophobia that could seriously scar a young boy with big scientific ambitions. He should not have to face this kind of injustice at such a young age.
I demand you apologize for the school’s treatment of Ahmed and change the way you treat your students.
[Your Name Here]
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