IRVING, Texas – The mayor of Irving, Texas is speaking out about the case of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim student who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school that looked like a bomb.
Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and Center for Security Policy’s Jim Hanson appeared on Glenn Beck’s 'The Blaze' to discuss Mohamed’s arrest, which the teen’s family and others have blamed on Islamophobia.
Pictures of the device and Mohamed’s arrest quickly spread online this month prompting support for the teen from celebrities including President Barack Obama, who tweeted support for Mohamed and invited him to the White House, The Washington Post reports.
But Van Duyne and Hanson believe there’s more to the story than the public realizes, and they’re sounding the alarm.
Van Duyne told Beck that news reports are “one side of the story, but the other side of the story is not coming out,” adding that she’s urged the Mohamed family to allow school officials to release all details on the case.
“Attorneys advised the family not to sign a release, according to a spokeswoman with the Council on American-Islamic Relations,” WFAA 8 reports.
Van Duyne also questioned why President Obama was quick to pat Mohamed on the back. The president commended the student for his “clock,” Van Duyne said, well before anyone described the device as a clock.
“In fact,” the mayor said, “I don’t even think the picture of the hoax bomb was released before [President Obama] tweeted out, ‘Cool clock, kid.'”
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