Many governments in the Western World are concerned about terrorism. It would be fair to say that terrorism is the topic of the day. Unfortunately, the fear of terrorism has infiltrated into our daily life and sometimes causes us to make rash decisions.
These rash decisions or fears could now infiltrate into the school system and affect the most vulnerable of all; the children. Back in September a young Muslim boy, Ahmed Mohamed, was suspended from school because he made a clock for his science project. The young boy has dreams of becoming an engineer when he grows up.
Discrimination and fear of terrorism in schools
Was it because the school officials thought it was a bomb and took appropriate action or was the school’s actions triggered by racism, xenophobia, and the fear of terrorism? According to CNN, the boy was quoted as saying, “They arrested me and they told me that I committed the crime of a hoax bomb, a fake bomb,” the freshman later explained to WFAA after authorities released him.” CNN goes on to say the President Obama invited Ahmed to come to the White House and showcase his clock. At least there was somewhat a happy ending in this case.
The military at the University of Manitoba
However, there are not always happy endings as we are starting to see. A Winnipeg girl has become a victim in this fear of terrorism; all because her legal first name is Isis. Her mother says that Isis is an Egyptian Goddess. However, it appears that the military did not see it that way. Isis Fernandes went on a school trip to the University of Manitoba. According to CBC news, she completed an obstacle course and went up to receive her certificate of completion. However, the signing officer, from the military, would not sign her name. Just because it was Isis. The mother of the nine year old, cannot believe how an adult could put down the name of a child. The mom says her daughter is proud of her name; though, she came home crying after her ordeal. CBC news goes on to say the Mother claims many children are affected by this attitude concerning their names. “We want to create awareness that her name is beauty and has nothing to do with terrorism or bombing.” The military will issue an apology.