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Muslim boy arrested after teacher mistakes his clock for bomb

Ahmed Mohamed, 14 Ahmed Mohamed, 14

IRVING, Texas -- A 14-year-old Muslim boy has been arrested in North Texas after a high school teacher decided that a homemade clock he brought to class could be a bomb.

Ahmed Mohamed, who enjoys tinkering with electronics, proudly took the clock to MacArthur High in Irving on Monday.

But one teacher raised concerns that it looked like a bomb, prompting the school principal and several police officers to question him, search his belongings and march him from the school in handcuffs.

Police don't believe the device is dangerous, but say it could be mistaken for a fake explosive.

Mohamed was suspended from school for three days, but he has not been charged.

Soon after the incident, #IStandWithAhmed was trending on Twitter.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is investigating, saying the incident is typical of the negative attitudes toward Muslims in Irving.

Mohamed later sent a tweet thanking his supporters:  "Thank you fellow supporters. We can ban together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again".

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