Texas Police Are Alarmingly Sensitive
By Philippe Gastonne - September 21, 2015

Earlier this week, school resource officers at MacArthur High School were notified by the Irving ISD officials about a student in possession of a suspicious device. The student showed the device to a teacher, who was concerned that it was possibly the infrastructure for a bomb. School resource officers questioned the student about his intentions and the reasons why he brought the device to school. The student only would say it was a clock and was not forthcoming at that time about any other details.

Having no other information to go on, and taking into consideration the device's suspicious appearance and the safety of the students and staff at MacArthur High School, the student was taken into custody for possessing a hoax bomb. Under Texas law, a person is guilty of possessing a hoax bomb if he possesses a device that is intended to cause anyone to be alarmed or a reaction of any type by law enforcement officers.

Following standard procedure the student was handcuffed for his safety and for the safety of the officers and was transported to a juvenile processing area of the police station. Recognizing additional facts were required, the student was released to his parents, so further investigation could be completed. The follow-up investigation revealed the device apparently was a homemade experiment, and there is no evidence to support the perception he intended to create alarm. No charges will be filed and the case is considered closed. – Irving (Tx) Police Department statement, Sept 16, 2015

Last week's much-publicized and completely unnecessary arrest of young Ahmed Mohamed brought to light an alarmingly (pun intended) broad Texas law against so-called "hoax bombs." The statute is an open invitation for police to detain anyone for anything.

In Texas, you are a criminal if you possess any device that causes "alarm or reaction of any type" by the police. By this standard, it is a crime to call the police on your telephone. Doing so will cause a police operator to hear a ring. As soon as he or she reacts to that ring by, say, answering it, you will be guilty.

The Irving Police Department's own statement reveals the macabre, Orwellian reactions of both school administrators and police in Ahmed's case.

"The student would only say it was a clock and was not forthcoming at the time about any other details."

Well, yes. That is because it was a clock. He had no other details to give.

"Following standard procedure the student was handcuffed for his safety and for the safety of the officers."

The concern for everyone's safety was laudable but limited. At no point did anyone call demolition experts to defuse the possible bomb. Why not? Because they could see the device was a clock, not a bomb.

"The follow-up investigation revealed the device apparently was a homemade experiment."

This is false. Ahmed had already told everyone who would listen that it was a homemade experiment. The follow-up investigation revealed nothing new.

Fortunately, the police did not file charges against Ahmed. If they believe in equal justice, they will file charges against the school authorities.

Who brought in the police? School administrators. They realized the device was not dangerous. Otherwise, they would have evacuated the school. They called the police and caused alarm anyway, thereby violating the hoax bomb statute.

Ahmed Mohamed may have the last laugh. Everyone from President Obama to Mark Zuckerberg praised his invention and offered help.

The next person arrested under this ludicrous law may not be so lucky.

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  • I am hoping that the law and order Republicans/conservatives /Tea party people are getting a good glimps of the world they keep demanding or remember the adage, “Be careful what you wish for” as the are not just the results of the Public School System, but also of the power we have vested in government at all levels. . .

  • Earn nest

    Why must you always comment Earnst? Because I can. For some, authority becomes a toy when it isn’t a tool.

  • Manuel

    There two issues here: 1) The growing police state. 2) That this is a hoax designed to push the PC, liberal, multi culti agenda. Look at who this kids father is and look at the “clock.” Look at the reaction. This kid isn’t a genius inventor he’s an agitator probably working at the behest of his father.

    You are on the wrong side of this one DB.

    • RED

      My resources indicate that you are probably quite correct!

      Long term, incremental corruption of the public “educational” system by the left wing Socialist / Marxist PC agenda is among the myriad of sources that has laid the groundwork for these kinds of contrived spectacles.

    • Bill Ross

      Damn. Caught by reverse Pavlov conditioning, paying attention to staged / inflated irrelevancies so we do not consider / not looking at what?

      Any tool can be interpreted as a weapon. Any fact can be interpreted away. That`s the problem, being confused by speculative interpretation and fighting over who is the master interpreter, as opposed to objective fact, versus telepathetic speculation regarding meaning.

      Fire the lot. They won`t go quietly into the night.

  • windsor1

    Everyone but the boy is to blame here. This is a cross between 1984 and Brave New World. This is where the police state intersects with a common sense. The boy has a middle Eastern Muslim name, so in today’s cognitive programming model ,developed by the Tavistock Institute, this young man fits the classic profile of a terrorist. The teacher, likely, has not been trained in critical thinking, and is an example of a deteriorating educational system, so rather than let his/her experience with the student and the student’s behavior dictate his response to the situation, he lets Tavistock programming run with the ball. A teacher with a basic understanding of science and an ability to ask appropriate questions should be able to make an appropriate judgement as to whether this was a detonator or a legitimate science project. Instead the Orwellian programming analysis plays out like this; paranoia- muslim-bomb detonator–call police- evacuate school. The other response sanctioned by today’s overreaching authoritarian educators would be to subdue the boy and give him a shot of Ritalin, then call the police bomb squad.
    Today’s knuckle dragging cops can barely tie their shoes let alone make a determination of the purpose of the device carried by the young student. In the 10 minutes it typically takes the police to respond to a call the school and dumbed down teacher would be long gone if it really was a bomb.
    With teachers like this, and “core-curriculum” there is no doubt why SAT scores are the lowest in 40 years. Forget about the ridiculousness of this situation and consider the damage done to the self esteem and initiative of this young man. He is the real victim.

    • Philippe Gastonne

      Good thoughts, but in fact they didn’t evacuate the school. That tells us either a) no one at any point seriously thought it was a bomb, or b) the school staff should all be fired immediately for not taking steps to protect the other students.

      I didn’t mention in the article, but it is also disturbing they kept the kid in an office being questioned by FIVE police officers and refused repeated requests to call his parents. That is, or ought to be, outrageous no matter what one thinks was happening.

      • Praetor

        Agree. These are not the brightest on the turnip truck, (cops/administrators). Once you drop your child at the door of a school, they become 100% property of the government. The parents should be looked at, you let your kid go to school caring a metal satchel, in todays world, going to school, no why, unless as Trump likes to say, They are stupid!!!

        • Philippe Gastonne

          Indeed. Mistake #1 the decision to send your kids to public school. Once there, all bets are off. Unfortunately most parents think they have no other options.

          • Praetor

            No other option. That there is sad, very sad. Ron Paul being on the DB today, does have an alternative, an option, other than the camps of confinement, called public school. I work hard to insure my grand children never enter into a public camp of subjection and confinement, so they can be free and liberated individuals, where their mind is their own. Smart people should look for other options, and work harder, if you want your children to be yours, if they are smart, that is!!!

      • Manuel

        From what I read they thought it was a bomb hoax. It certainly looked like one.

    • Manuel

      The boy is not innocent. At the very least he is an opportunist.

  • Stacey

    Something about this whole thing just doesn’t ring true to me. It feels too rehearsed, too planned, or something. Just my gut feeling.

    • xpo172

      Your gut is right, this is a hoax devised by the family to make everyone feel sorry for that poor muslim boy. Has everyone forgotten ballon boy?

  • Barney Biggs

    Without seeing this device that the kid made I did a check of the explosive power 1 oz of c4 which could easily be hidden in most anything with wires coming out of it.
    Myth busters used 1 oz of c4 explosive and blew holes in solid steel.
    Yes it needs a detonator cap which again is easy to make and could easily be hidden in any device.
    I then ask myself if an untrained person in a setting with kids could tell the difference between a real bomb with 1 oz of c4 and a homemade clock and I doubt it.
    With all the nut bars running around and the ease of making a real bomb I would sooner the cops and teachers err on the side of safety and caution.
    Had the authorities done nothing and it was a c4 device all hell would have broken loose after they picked up the body parts.

    • Philippe Gastonne

      It still makes no sense. If a kid wanted to bring a one-ounce C4 device to school, he would not start the day by showing it to the one teacher on the campus most qualified to recognize what it was. That is what happened in this case.

      • Barney Biggs

        In a logical world I agree and the first teacher did not appear to take it seriously but then again we do not know if the kid told the second teacher that teacher one had seen it. For all she knew she was the first to see it and acted accordingly.

        I have a problem thinking that any kid in this day and age living in the Excited States of America would be dumb enough to waltz around with something like that. I almost seems like he wanted to push the envelop and being Muslim he might have wanted to see how far he could go and now he has the attention.

        Just seem goofy.

        • Philippe Gastonne

          It is goofy, but as Freud wrote, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. I think this was a geeky kid at a new school, trying to fit in and impress his teacher. Adults then freaked out. That’s the simplest explanation and it fits all the facts.

          • Barney Biggs

            That is for sure. What is goofier is the WH idiot getting into the mix.

  • Praetor

    Philippe, you may wish to look at this much closer. All that has to do with MSM any level of government, and the white house is of complete manipulation and propaganda, there is more to this story. The sad thing is they would us a kid to farther their goals, but, than again look at who we are dealing with. School administrations are controlled out of washington. The manipulation goes so deep, that washington will us the deep dislike or hatred of the cops, and most definitely us these kinds of issue and manufactured incidents to farther their goals. Don’t be manipulated!!

  • 2prickit

    The overarching theme here seems to me to be—“No Profiling Allowed” —Just another “keep out “sign; your government knows best how to protect you.

    Perhaps, at the behest of TPTB, the current POTUS is peeping out from behind his masking –supposedly in submission to his faith in Allah–as we the people “observe” in servitude. But,observe the word “marionette” = “little Mary”. One of the first figures to be made into a marionette was the Virgin Mary, hence the name. Presently the POTUS, “lil’ Mary is none other than a representation of, not for Allah, but that of Satan. That be the signiture (FRAUD) of TPTB.

  • Bill Ross

    “a person is guilty of possessing a hoax bomb if he possesses a device that is intended to cause anyone to be alarmed or a reaction of any type by law enforcement officers”

    that`ll be the truth:

    counting down, about to explode in their faces. Tick, tick…

  • xpo172

    “By this standard, it is a crime to call the police on your telephone. Doing so will cause a police operator to hear a ring. As soon as he or she reacts to that ring by, say, answering it, you will be guilty” – WOW you sir are an idiot. How does a 30 year old badly written law make the police “alarmingly sensitive”? You wrote this whole article just to publish your stupid pun.

    • Do you have some actual critique of the article’s content, or you wrote this whole comment just to call the author an idiot?

      • xpo172

        That’s your job.

      • Manuel

        DB you are really off on this one. You used to be a great blog. I cannot believe you published this and now would defend it. There are thousands and thousands of stories to latch onto that are good demonstrations of out of control law enforcement. Yes we all know that, it’s obvious, it’s in our face. The story here is the gigantic race baiting (or better religion baiting) hoax that is being trumpeted through the MSM everywhere. You used to focus on exposing these types of propaganda. Hopefully you will get back to doing that.

        And yes, this author is an idiot, he missed the most important parts of this story.

    • Philippe Gastonne

      Hey, I’m glad you liked it. Have a nice day.

    • xpo172

      Oh and this now looks like a total hoax. The kid put the guts of a commercial product into a case to get a reaction out of his teachers. Mark Cuban said he spoke to the kid and the kid says that he took this to multiple teachers before he got a reaction. So when the school calls and wants the Irving Police to investigate, what are the police supposed to do? Ignore them?

  • ron17571

    Texas cops keep making the news as a bunch of a-holes. Shooting people for nuthin. The kid with the clock? The teachers need some common sense.I thought this kind of stupid was closer to Washington DC.

    • Priorities are definitely out of whack everywhere. “Zero tolerance policy” means whatever locals want it to mean. In one particular Florida public high school girls are getting out-of-school suspensions if their crew-neck t-shirt (v-neck and scoop-neck are not allowed, of course) allows any of their collarbone to show. (Guess we should be grateful that at least they’re not shooting these outrageous young criminals yet.)

      And people ask, “What’s wrong with kids today?” in response to the very high dropout rates. Uhm …

      • Manuel

        Yes we live in a police state, yes there is a lot of police brutality, etc. etc. But that isn’t the big story here, the big story here is that this a gigantic hoax! For a site that is supposed to be exposing “elite media promotions” you sure are behind on this one. Get with the program DB!

        Aside from the politics, has America been dumbed down so far that we are now giving away scholarships and whitehouse trips for removing four screws from a clock and throwing the guts in a box? Seriously!? WTF?

  • Martin the American redux

    What a difference. I can remember classmates shooting off rockets and bringing in diagrams showing the effectiveness of shape charges vs. regular explosives. Imagine if a student tried that today.

  • Don Duncan

    I cannot be surprised, if I stop and think about the police state + an indoctrination camp led to this seemly ridiculous arrest. It is not ridiculous, given the state of the country. It is sad, scary, and a warning to all. This is what you get when the public gives away their power, concentrates their power in a few, and grants that elite moral supremacy. Our political system is called authoritarianism. Don’t expect logic, accountability, or justice. And don’t tell yourself it’s a necessary evil. That’s a lie people believe to avoid accepting responsibility for their choice to be ruled. Thirty million Germans proudly, happily, let the Nazis rule them, and they feared no nation, no enemy. If the US Empire continues to be allowed by the public, they will continue to reap the fruit of their default on self governance: steady decline of the morals, culture, economy, and slow death of the American Dream.

  • 2prickit

    noun: allegory; plural noun: allegories
    a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.