Police reviewing response to Muslim boy with clock at school

8 years 1 week 4 days ago Friday, September 18 2015 Sep 18, 2015 September 18, 2015 5:01 PM September 18, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

DALLAS - Police in suburban Dallas are reviewing how officers responded to a 14-year-old Muslim boy who brought a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a possible bomb.

Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said Friday that officers were justified Monday in questioning and handcuffing Ahmed Mohamed at MacArthur High School, given the limited information they had.

But he says he's reviewing the department's response. Boyd says he's had significant feedback, "some of which you wouldn't be able to print."

Ahmed says he brought the clock to school to show a teacher. Officials say he was arrested after another teacher saw it and became concerned. Ahmed wasn't charged, but he was suspended.

News of the arrest sparked an outpouring of support for Ahmed, including from President Barack Obama.

MacArthur told ABC News they would "certainly welcome" Mohamed back as a student, though the family said they did not lift his suspension or apologize. Mohamed said he planned to transfer to a different school.

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