Denison ISD reacts to Irving "clock bomb" arrest

Denison ISD reacts to Irving "clock bomb" arrest.
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DENISON, TX -- By now you've heard of the 14 year old Muslim boy, Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested at his Irving high school for bringing a homemade clock to school.

Some people have criticized the school's reaction while others have questioned the boy's motives.

News 12 sat down with the Denison ISD superintendent to see how they would've handled the situation.

"Certainly a bomb in a school would be a terrible thing," Denison ISD superintendent Dr. Henry Scott said.

Denison ISD superintendent Dr. Henry Scott, says MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, did everything they would've done, to an extent.

"The teachers certainly would report anything like that to the (principal's) office," Scott said.

Dr. Scott says it did look like a bomb, and they would've gotten police involved too, but there's a key difference with what they would've done.

"Once it was determined that this was a science project, a clock, that would've most likely been the end of it," Scott said.

Dr. Scott says handcuffing 14-year-old student Ahmed Mohamed, was taking the incident too far.

"Mistakes happen in every race and creed," grandmother Lisa Adair said.

Grandparent Lisa Adair says there are policies in place for situations like this.

"I did work 14 years in a school district in Colorado and there's a lot of little lives in our hands," Adair said.

Sherman grandfather Julius Hester praised the boy for his ingenuity, and wonders if Mohamed's arrest was racially charged.

"I would just wonder if it would've went down the same way, if this kid would've been a white kid," Sherman grandfather Julius Hester said.

Mohamed was arrested and interrogated by Irving police.
No charges were filed, and they're no longer investigating.
Mohamed was suspended for three days from school.
His father has since pulled him from the high school.

"Maybe it needs to be double checked with adults before it's brought into a public place," Adair said.

"You always caution on the side to keep students safe," Scott said.