It’s hard to believe that 15 minutes of fame can stretch out to three years, but “Clock Boy” is back in the news again – let’s hope, for the last time.

You might recall Ahmed Mohamed, the then-14-year-old who brought a digital clock in a box to his school in Irving, Texas. He was told to put it away, but got it out during a later class, where the alarm was set to go off. His teacher took him out of class and called police, who questioned him and had the bomb squad examine the device. After finding it was harmless and deciding it wasn’t a deliberate, illegal “hoax bomb,” they released him.


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The story won him tons of sympathy from the left, with President Obama and leaders of Facebook, Google, MIT and other places where people allegedly have brains showering him with gifts and invitations and praising him as a prodigy (he wasn’t: building a clock would have been a B- science project at best; but he’d apparently just taken an old Radio Shack clock out of its case and put it in a pencil box.) His elevation to liberal celebrity status was aided by the fact that his father accused the school district of Islamophobia, and coastal liberals love any story that lets them paint Texans as dumb bigots (see “Hillary Clinton Goes To India.”)

Ahmed’s father (who, it turned out, had been politically active in the Middle East) had his feelings so bruised that only $15 million extracted from the budget of Irving’s school district could possibly sooth them. They also sued several media commentators, including Ben Shapiro and Glenn Beck, for alleged defamation. Those suits were quickly thrown out by the courts, and a judge threw out their suit against the IISD but gave them a chance to rewrite and refile it, which they did.


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This week, three years after the incident, the court finally ruled that there was no evidence that Ahmed was treated any differently than any other student who might have brought a ticking box resembling a bomb into school, and the officials and police took reasonable precautions given what they knew at the time. The judge threw out the family’s twice-amended lawsuit “with prejudice” (meaning they can’t sue again) and ordered them to pay “allowable and reasonable costs” of the school system’s legal defense against this incredibly frivolous lawsuit. Ahmed will have to build and sell a lot of clocks to cover that.

In an astounding post-script to this long-overdue blow for common sense, some people on social media are still blasting the Irving school officials and cops as bigots who never would have done anything if Ahmed had been white and American-born. So they’re actually advocating that schools should ignore something that looks like a threat to the entire student body for fear of being perceived as racist? Isn’t that the same policy that was followed in Parkland, Florida? Haven’t we finally learned that ignoring potential threats to schools is not the way to prevent them?

And with that last blast of insanity, let’s hope that Clock Boy’s 15 minutes of fame have finally tick, tick, ticked away…

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  • Rosemarie Kaupp

    03/26/2018 10:28 AM

    Governor Huckabee, check out the PROMISE Program put in the schools by none other than President Obama. This is what allowed Nickolas Cruz to stay in school and NOT be arrested. It is a program specifically designed to stop the pipeline of school to prison particularly for minorities. It is in place all across the US. Broward County School Superintendent Runcie had a cozy relationship with Obama and his district got hundreds of thousands of dollars from this program. I thought Runcie's affect after the shooting was very peculiar. Obama also sent out a "Dear Colleague" letter to all teachers which essentially penalizes schools for reporting to many violent incidents or having too many student suspensions especially of minority students. Of course this got no media attention. Kids were quick to catch on and are telling teachers that there is nothing you can do to me. Both student and teacher assaults are way up. The idiot president of the AFT has told her members she supports these programs and safety is not a union benefit. Thankfully, because teachers have started a movement, Betsy DeVos is supposedly looking into this. I think this is something you should look into, publicize and support the teachers. Inject some good old down home common sense and discipline. There needs to be a middle ground between no discipline and prison. Thank you. I am a retired school nurse with over 34 year experience mostly in high school with high risk youth. I hate to say it, but another Disatrous Obama Legacy.

  • Rosemarie Kaupp

    03/26/2018 10:27 AM

    Governor Huckabee, check out the PROMISE Program put in the schools by none other than President Obama. This is what allowed Nickolas Cruz to stay in school and NOT be arrested. It is a program specifically designed to stop the pipeline of school to prison particularly for minorities. It is in place all across the US. Broward County School Superintendent Runcie had a cozy relationship with Obama and his district got hundreds of thousands of dollars from this program. I thought Runcie's affect after the shooting was very peculiar. Obama also sent out a "Dear Colleague" letter to all teachers which essentially penalizes schools for reporting to many violent incidents or having too many student suspensions especially of minority students. Of course this got no media attention. Kids were quick to catch on and are telling teachers that there is nothing you can do to me. Both student and teacher assaults are way up. The idiot president of the AFT has told her members she supports these programs and safety is not a union benefit. Thankfully, because teachers have started a movement, Betsy DeVos is supposedly looking into this. I think this is something you should look into, publicize and support the teachers. Inject some good old down home common sense and discipline. There needs to be a middle ground between no discipline and prison. Thank you. I am a retired school nurse with over 34 year experience mostly in high school with high risk youth. I hate to say it, but another Disatrous Obama Legacy.

  • Rosemarie Kaupp

    03/26/2018 10:26 AM

    Governor Huckabee, check out the PROMISE Program put in the schools by none other than President Obama. This is what allowed Nickolas Cruz to stay in school and NOT be arrested. It is a program specifically designed to stop the pipeline of school to prison particularly for minorities. It is in place all across the US. Broward County School Superintendent Runcie had a cozy relationship with Obama and his district got hundreds of thousands of dollars from this program. I thought Runcie's affect after the shooting was very peculiar. Obama also sent out a "Dear Colleague" letter to all teachers which essentially penalizes schools for reporting to many violent incidents or having too many student suspensions especially of minority students. Of course this got no media attention. Kids were quick to catch on and are telling teachers that there is nothing you can do to me. Both student and teacher assaults are way up. The idiot president of the AFT has told her members she supports these programs and safety is not a union benefit. Thankfully, because teachers have started a movement, Betsy DeVos is supposedly looking into this. I think this is something you should look into, publicize and support the teachers. Inject some good old down home common sense and discipline. There needs to be a middle ground between no discipline and prison. Thank you. I am a retired school nurse with over 34 year experience mostly in high school with high risk youth. I hate to say it, but another Disatrous Obama Legacy.

  • Iris Cacy

    03/24/2018 07:18 AM

    I am encouraged to hear your common sense.

  • Sharon Emerson

    03/21/2018 12:15 PM

    I absolutely love you and your comments. You are a bright smiley bit of sunshine in this gloomy world of politics. This old great grandma prays you live a long healthy life and keep sending me messages. Oh yes, and your daughter is awesome, too. Would love to know your wife and how you raised your family.

  • Denise A Wright

    03/21/2018 02:14 AM

    Great commentary....as always! God loves you Mr. Huckabee, and so do we!

  • Elizabeth Honaker

    03/20/2018 11:01 AM

    This wacko boy brought a representation of a BOMB to a school!!!!! Since WHEN is that "funny" or "clever"? How many bomb-related deaths was that idiot celebrating??? And his father showed PRIDE in this so-called "work of art"!! When I was young, we created art for display that was UPLIFTING, not BLOWING UP!!!!!

  • Pamela Brink

    03/19/2018 12:19 PM

    In light of the Parkland shootings and all the cries for "if you see something, say something," this entire story reeks. We have a teacher, principal and school board who "saw something and said something" to the police only to be accused of racism and bigotry. The family sued the school for defamation of character and judge and jury gave them millions of dollars in compensation. Given this kind of legal reaction to citizens seeing something and saying something - why should anyone report anything in future - especially if the person is either Black or a Muslim? The whistle blower is punished in the press and courtroom. A good reason, like women who have been raped, to not say anything at all and let the rapist and mass murderer feel free to do their worst.

  • Kevin

    03/17/2018 12:16 PM

    That is great news! Damn these liberals and especially Hussein who was the main pimp for faux racism and division. Hussein failed to take down the US and thank God Trump is making it Great Again!

  • Charles M

    03/17/2018 09:09 AM

    Good news finally - somebody with a frivolous lawsuit has to pay the legal expenses...finally some sanity in our legal system! Now if ICE could deport such "America-loving immigrants", we would all be better off. Lesson learned by "clock boy"? Do you believe it? That family has an agenda.

  • Scourge

    03/17/2018 06:30 AM

    The kid is unintelligent but was treated as a genius by the MSM for doing something mediocre. Great Article, Governor.

  • Fran Bennett

    03/16/2018 02:09 PM

    Re: "people on social media are still blasting the Irving school officials and cops as bigots who never would have done anything if Ahmed had been white and American-born.".............This is absolutely so untrue that I had to leave a comment. Over 20 years ago, I babysat my White American Born Grandson daily and one of my jobs was to take him to kindergarten everyday while his mom served the people of Michigan as a Sergeant in the Michigan State Police. As my grandson left my car, he leaned in the car window and said: "Grandma I forgot my toy gun is in my backpack, but I promise not to take it out." Another school child heard him and turned him in to the principal. The phone was ringing when I walked in the door after dropping him off at school. The school principal said your "grandson is suspended for three days for bringing a toy gun to school in his backpack". When I returned to school to pick him up, I looked at the school principal in shock. I asked if she was serious....and she definitely was.

  • Deanna Lynn ONeill

    03/16/2018 01:52 PM

    Face book will not let me post this on my wall.

  • Dolores

    03/16/2018 01:17 PM

    We can only wonder what this boy’s father taught him. Scare people you hate, accuse them of hating you, and then steal as much money as you can from them. He obviously took a page out of the Left’s playbook. So sad and upsetting.

  • Rita Sammons

    03/16/2018 11:13 AM

    Ridiculous. I still think it was an intentional ploy. I’m glad it ended correctly. And Obama fawning over him is the last straw.

  • Michael Egbert

    03/16/2018 11:09 AM

    Whenever obama-lama-ding-dong stuck his nose into anything the media was all over it as though it was the Gospel and reported it as such. Anyone notice there was no such thing as "islamophobic" before he took office? Hmmm, wonder why that was....

  • Rosemarie O'Neil

    03/16/2018 11:05 AM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for the update to this story. And thank you for your continuous common sense reporting! I appreciate you!

  • Lynn Hoyt

    03/16/2018 10:55 AM

    This is happy news. It sure would have been the wrong message to send had they actually allowed that suit and could have ended up with more school disasters.

  • LORI ANN REGO

    03/16/2018 10:20 AM

    GOV HUCKABEE I AGREE WITH THE JUDGE & YOU THAT THE TEACHER & SCHOOL SYSTEM WAS ONLY PROTECTING THE OTHER STUDENTS. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THE PARENTS EVEN FILED A SUIT AGAINST THE SCHOOL. I'M GLAD THE PARENTS HAVE TO PAY THE COSTS OF THE SCHOOL'S LAW FEES. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING UP THE ARTICLE. I ENJOY YOUR COMMENTARIES