Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Muslim boy who was arrested and suspended for taking a homemade digital clock to school, had been in trouble with school officials on many occasions before the clock incident. However, those other times did not make the news like the arrest and suspension over the clock did. A former teacher claims Ahmed has a history of behavioral issues, according to The Blaze on Tuesday.
The Dallas Morning News reported that before Ahmed was put in handcuffs for taking his homemade clock to school and became an overnight celebrity, he had racked up weeks of suspensions and clashed with authority while in middle school. Some of Ahmed’s middle school teachers were surprised to hear that MacArthur High staff called police after Ahmed brought a homemade clock to class because he has been known to bring far more elaborate gizmos into Sam Houston all the time. He also got into trouble with authority for using his gadgets to play pranks on his teachers.
The Blaze reported that the family of Ahmed Mohamed hired high-profile attorneys to pursue legal rights for their highly traumatized son. Also, the family wants the attorneys to regain Ahmed’s science project from the Irving Police Department. Since Ahmed’s arrest and suspension, his parents have pulled Ahmed and his two siblings out of the Irving Independent School District claiming religious persecution. They plan to homeschool their children.
It seems that the incident about the digital clock opened up a whole can of worms about Ahmed history of getting into trouble in middle school and in high school. In the meantime, he has received a great deal of support from celebrities as well as an invitation from President Barack Obama to visit the White House.