This link illustrates that some of the more subtle nuances that I suggested are possible may be exactly the case. Still hearsay at this point, I suppose... but what I find it interesting is that so many people jump to these binary solutions that EITHER Ahmed was a bomber or
the cops and faculty were simply racist.
I'm not sure why so many people have been unable to read between the lines on the "he said it was a clock and it is a clock," logic.
He said it was a clock, it was a clock, but what is reported was that for two hours of police investigation that is ALL he would say.
That isn't normal for a 14 year old in trouble. THAT is probably part of why the cops were suspicious enough to arrest him and take him down and figure it out.
By the way - if you're in trouble - that is EXACTLY the way to do it. Don't talk, make them arrest you, go down to the station... get booked, and get a lawyer, and then talk to your LAWYER and let the LAWYER tell you what to say to the cops.
A 14 year old taking this strategy is VERY unusual, and it looks rehearsed and coached. If it were the sole anomaly with Ahmed's story, I might be less inclined to suspect he is not being completely honest about his motives. But there are at least a half a dozen other things on his side that don't add up.http://townhall.com/columnists/kyleshideler/2015/09/22/irving-mayor-ahmed-mohameds-family-blocking-release-of-records-obama-tweeted-support-even-before-clock-pic-released-n2055545/page/full