Overzealous Schools Punishing Ambitious Students

How does completing a homework assignment land you in handcuffs? When you’re a Muslim student in Texas making a clock. From Irving:

Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim student at Texas’ Irving MacArthur High, brought what he thought was an inventive showcase for a class project. Instead, his school day ended in handcuffs.

The 9th grader, who Dallas News describes as a smart kid who “makes his own radios and reparis his own go-kart,” brought in a homemade clock to class. But rather than being impressed, his teacher said it resembled a bomb, and he was sent to the principal’s office, where a police officer arrested him in handcuffs.

A Facebook post from Irving’s mayor defends the school and the police, but hopes Ahmed “will not feel at all discouraged from pursuing his talent in electronics and engineering.”

No thanks to the school, she forgot to add. And of course, no apologies from the mayor, the school, or the police.

Hopefully things go better for young Mr. Mohamed than they are for the son of Bruce and Linda Bays. From Virginia:

An assistant principal finds a leaf and a lighter in the boy’s knapsack. The student is suspended for a year. A sheriff’s deputy files marijuana possession charges in juvenile court.

All of the above and more happened last September to the 11-year-old son of Bedford County residents Bruce and Linda Bays. He was a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School.

There was only one problem: Months after the fact, the couple learned the substance wasn’t marijuana. A prosecutor dropped the juvenile court charge because the leaf had field-tested negative three times….

The leaf was actually a non-psychoactive Japanese maple leaf. Did the school issue an apology for scarring this kid? Yeah, right:

Their son remains out of school — he’s due to return Monday on strict probation. But in the meantime, the events of the past six months have wreaked havoc on the formerly happy-go-lucky boy’s psyche. His parents say he’s withdrawn socially, and is now under the care of a pediatric psychiatrist for panic attacks and depression.

As far as I can tell, nobody from the school will be suspended or put on probation for their punitive behavior.

Is this what public education has become in this country?

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