11/23/2015

Blaming the wrong people

We all remember the "Clock Boy" incident where a young,` yes Muslim,high school student disassembled an alarm clock threw it in a shoe box then took it to school? Though technically he didn't "build" anything, he took something partially apart and put it in a different box. He did absolutely no electronic assembly what-so-ever. even I could disassemble a clock and throw it in a metal box and say I built new clock.It had wires coming out of it and it did look weird, though I wouldn't have called it a "bomb" Of course in this day in age the school thought it looked suspicious when he showed the clock to the teacher, the teacher warned him having something like that might concern people. It did and he was sent to the principal's office where the principal said the "invention" looked dangerous and called the police. This was after he was given plenty of time to explain to school officials what the device could do, and refused. Let's be absolutely clear here  the school called the police and described the device looked like a bomb  to them. The police arriveed and again gave "Clock Boy" a another chance to explain, he refused and they arrested him.  It took a long time for "Clock Boy" to finally explain himself, The charges were dropped the same day with an apology, if they were ever even officially filed.

Within a few days news spread with the usual twist, police 'profiled" another Muslim for just using his "gifts".Once again the "police acted stupidly" and now the City or Irvine Texas has to pay. They trampled on the constitution.President Obama invited "Clock Boy" to the White House to show off his "?invention". Clock Boy got calls from tech companies and colleges, all for disassembling a common digital alarm clock. However I need to point something out here, the school should be the focus of the lawsuit, not the police. Of course the lawsuit is filed against "The City of Irvine" which incorporated both the school and the police, but let's be clear going after the police is much more attention grabbing than going after  than school district. The police protocols are under attack, not how the school reacted. The picture of  "Clock Boy" being taken away in handcuffs will be center stage, because there are no pictures of him being questioned by the principal. We often lecture how we should never "blame the victim" however I believe a number of the school "incidents" don't get the attention until the police get involved. That way if something goes wrong we can always blame the perfect scapegoats.....the police

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