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.
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.
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…