Ahmed Mohamed

Ahmed Mohamed

Ahmed “clock boy” Mohamed of Irving, Texas, may have moved to Qatar, but the Obama administration is keeping his memory alive and well.

Federal officials have demanded MacArthur High School administrators provide the Department of Justice with all documents related to the “suitcase clock” Mohamed brought to school Sept. 14. The department’s “peacemaker” arm also visited a local mosque and mulled over a plan to require cops and school officials to take “religious tolerance” training.

“They asked for a number of things. We’ve been gathering documents,” school district spokeswoman Lesley Weaver told the Dallas Morning News Nov. 13. She said requests for files on Mohamed were initiated last month after 29 members of Congress prodded U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to get involved.

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Mohamed and his family gained national media attention after his temporary police detention and three-day suspension in mid-September. The 14-year-old met with Obama at the White House, held company with Sudanese President Omar al Bashir (who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide), and completed a pilgrimage to Mecca as an honored guest of Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, WND reported. The family then decided to move to Doha, Qatar, after taking one month off to capitalize on the teenager’s celebrity status.

The family’s sudden move did not alter a plan by the Justice Department’s community relations service to visit a local mosque and talk with Mohamed’s uncle, Imam Zia Sheikh.

“They were concerned about the way things are going in Irving,” Sheikh told the newspaper. The meeting allegedly was focused on the rhetoric of Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and not MacArthur High School.

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Officials who spoke to the paper said the possibility of creating a “religious tolerance” requirement for local police and teachers was discussed.

“There’s an expert in the Islamic religion who’s already giving training sessions. They may tap into his expertise, or may call upon me,” Sheikh told the newspaper.


President Obama met with Ahmed Mohamed at the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 19, 2015, during an astronomy event.

ISD’s chief counsel, Tina Patel, said the district welcomed “the opportunity to explore training options” shortly before a Nov. 13 meeting with community relations personnel, the Morning News reported.

Prior to the Mohamed family’s U.S. departure, Weaver and Van Duyne implored them to give ISD permission to release the boy’s records. Those requests were ignored.

“If the family is willing to give us written permission, we would be happy to share with the public the other side of the story so they can understand the actions we took,” Weaver told reporters Sept. 15.

Mohamed’s critics maintain his “suitcase clock” had all the hallmarks of a hoax: It looked like a bomb, the internal components of a digital clock were secured to the inside of a suitcase, and the teenager was allegedly not forthcoming with school officials during questioning.

“If someone had really made a clock, this circuitry would not look like this. First of all, this transformer is for a 120 volt line. People who do ‘maker’ things do not tend to use AC power because it’s a bit more dangerous and there’s no reason to do it. You can use batteries,” electronics expert Thomas Talbot said in a viral YouTube video posted Sept. 20, WND reported.

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