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Muslim Teen’s Arrest In Texas Over Homemade Clock Sparks Outrage

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim high school student in Texas for bringing a homemade clock to class has sparked a national uproar about Islamophobia.Mohamed Ahmed, an eighth grader at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, has an affinity for building electronic gadgets in his bedroom. He rose to fame overnight as social media erupted over his controversial arrest on Monday. By Wednesday afternoon, he’d been invited to meet President Obama at the White House–with the clock in hand.Ahmed’s whirlwind ordeal began when he decided to bring it to school to impress his teachers. One science teacher complimented Ahmed but warned him not to show it to anyone else. Acting on his teacher’s advice, Ahmed left it in his schoolbag. But the clock’s alarm sounded during his sixth-period English class, prompting that teacher to notify the principal and confiscate the clock, which Ahmed had built at his home in 20 minutes.“It looks like a bomb,” the teacher purportedly told Ahmed, according to the Dallas Morning News.“I told her, ‘It doesn’t look like a bomb to me,’” Ahmed replied.Ahmed was eventually led into the principal’s office with a police escort. He was handcuffed despite vehemently explaining that the presumed “bomb” was indeed a working clock, according to news reports.“We have no information that he claimed it was a bomb,” said Irving Police spokesperson James McLellan, according to the Dallas Morning News. “He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation.”Following his arrest, a photo of Ahmed in handcuffs surfaced on social media. The hashtag #IStandWithAhmed became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter Wednesday morning, featuring a bevy of support and Tweets lampooning police and school officials for what many considered an overreaction and an example of blatant American Islamophobia. President Obama showed his support by inviting Ahmed—and his clock—to the White House. Dr. Hussein Rashid, an adjunct assistant professor of religion at Hofstra University and founder of the consultancy group islamicate, L3C, which focuses on religious literacy and cultural competency, began laughing when he was asked about Ahmed’s arrest.“I’m utterly flabbergasted,” said Rashid. “You got to think about the multiple failures that had to happen here, right? A student who wants to prove he’s good in science goes to his teacher and says, ‘I am a good student.’”Rashid criticized the teacher and school administration in Texas for involving law enforcement.“It’s a perfect storm of social factors,” continued Rashid. “There’s a culture of Islamophobia, where your first thought anytime you see a brown person acting smart is that they must be a terrorist because we’ve got this long history of racism where people of color are inherently stupid. And then, so a brown, smart person is a terrorist.”When it was first revealed that the NYPD was spying on Muslim communities on Long Island, the five boroughs and in New Jersey, Muslim groups said such tactics would discourage members of the community to speak their mind, and in some cases pray at their mosque, out of fear that something they say or do could make them a target of law enforcement.“This has a real impact beyond getting eighth graders arrested for trying to impress the teacher,” Rashid added. “This has a very casual [message]: we’re all being surveyed right now.”Dr. Isma Chaudhry, president of Westbury’s Islamic Center of Long Island, was mystified when a Press reporter informed her of Ahmed’s arrest in Texas.“For how long will ethnic minorities walk on eggshells?” she asked. “That is not right. It’s counterproductive to everything, every belief, that we as Americans have. It doesn’t have to be a religious belief, but a belief in freedom of an individual living a peaceful life. Ethnic minorities have to constantly prove themselves because of a certain name or because of a skin color or because of hair color or eye color.”MacArthur High School in Irving released a statement following Ahmed’s arrest, noting that the Irving Police Department had responded to a “suspicious looking item on campus.”“We are pleased to report that after the police department’s assessment, the item discovered at school did not pose a threat to your child’s safety,” said the statement.Irving police said Wednesday that Ahmed would not face criminal charges.Ahmed, who has been bombarded with interview requests, thanked his supporters on Twitter.last_img read more

Syracuse women’s lacrosse solves Stony Brook’s defense to survive upset bid in 7-6 win

first_imgNEWTON, Mass. — Taylor Gait lined up for the free-position shot with a chance to give her team a lead it hadn’t yet had in nearly 50 minutes of play.Syracuse had struggled to find any offensive rhythm and had played its worst offensive first half of the season.SU last played at Newton Campus Lacrosse Field on March 19, falling 13-8 to then-No. 16 Boston College. It was SU’s only loss to a team ranked outside the top three.It’s the only field Syracuse played on and hadn’t won on this season.Two months later it was the same setting, but a different resolution. Taylor Gait stepped in, seemingly unfazed by the turned ankle she’d grabbed in pain seconds earlier, and rifled a shot past Stony Brook freshman goalie Anna Tesoriero. The bench erupted in what seemed like relief more than anything.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We didn’t get a good start,” Taylor Gait said. “We weren’t used to their zone (defense). But we found our opportunities and we came through.”Taylor Gait’s goal was the third in a four-goal run that keyed No. 4 seed Syracuse’s (18-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) 7-6 win. The run helped SU survive an upset bid by unseeded Stony Brook (17-4, 6-0 America East) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday afternoon. Despite Syracuse star Kayla Treanor not recording a single point for the first time all season, and the team scoring a season-low seven goals, the Orange solved the Seawolves’ zone defense in time to pull off the win.“They weren’t prepared to play us without (Treanor),” SBU head coach Joe Spallina said. “It took them a while to get in sync and to figure it out.”Spallina decided on the game’s third possession that he didn’t want SU’s offense running through its career points leader. He had a defender faceguard Treanor wherever she went. He thought SU might be unprepared, because the Seawolves had only done it once, he said, on Feb. 28 against Northwestern. Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor Yet the Orange had practiced for this situation, Taylor Gait said. SU countered by taking Treanor out of the play, having her stand almost at the restraining line. Syracuse bet on the rest of its offense, which has eight other double-digit goal-scorers. Moving Treanor played into SBU’s plan because the team had practiced that scenario, SBU sophomore Kylie Ohlmiller said.The Seawolves feature the nation’s second-best defense, allowing just 6.1 goals per game. SBU excels at playing man-down defense with six players back, Ohlmiller and Spallina said.Despite averaging 13 goals per game this season, Syracuse’s offense sputtered. At the break, the Orange had missed two free-position shots, allowed Tesoriero to make three easy saves and scored just three goals on nine shots — both first-half season lows.SU head coach Gary Gait told his team at halftime to work the extra space by drawing defenders, making quick passes and cutting. And Syracuse did just that, chipping away at the 5-3 deficit by converting its higher-quality opportunities.Halle Majorana found Kelly Cross on a cut to cut the lead to 5-4. Stony Brook defenders struggled as SU worked the ball faster around the cage looking for spaces to dodge and cut.“We stuck to our game plan,” Gary Gait said. “We were playing frantic in the first half, and we weren’t dodging anybody. It took us a while to figure out (Stony Brook’s defense), but we did in the second half.”Late rotations led to fouls — Stony Brook was whistled 28 times to SU’s 16 — and the Orange earned three free-position shots that way in the second stanza. Gabby Jaquith tied the game with 12:11 remaining, Gait untied it moments later and Erica Bodt gave SU a cushion with six minutes to go. In the first half, Syracuse went 0-for-2 on free position shots. In the second half, a perfect 3-for-3.Once SBU’s defense was solved, SU used its attacks to spread the field and allowed its midfield to go inside. Lisa Rogers, a redshirt junior who hasn’t started this year, scored her fifth goal of the season in the first half. None of the three midfielders who scored to give SU the late lead is among the team’s top five scorers.“We opened up the field (when Stony Brook went zone),” Treanor said. “It helped us get easier shots. We had a lot of people step up today. They made their shots when it mattered.” Comments Published on May 15, 2016 at 3:25 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse women’s lacrosse advances to NCAA tournament quarterfinals with win over Stony BrookKayla Treanor named 1 of 5 Tewaaraton Award finalists for 3rd straight yearlast_img read more

Tipp Camogie vow to regroup after Munster loss

first_imgSelector Seamus Nolan says it’s been a great year overall though for Clonakenny and is one they will have fond memories of On Saturday Golden Kilfeackle fell in the Junior Football Championship, while Burgess Camogie team who put in a strong performance were defeated by Milford in the Senior Camogie Championship.Burgess and Tipp Camogie star Gemma Grace says it was a bitter pill to swallow but they will regroup over the winterOn Sunday the Templemore ladies footballers went down after extra time to the Bantry Blues in the Munster Junior Football replay while the Clonakenny hurlers were defeated on another close margin to Newcestown in the Intermediate championship.last_img