Former US vice-president hopeful Sarah Palin has taken aim at the Muslim schoolboy arrested and suspended for taking a homemade clock to school, saying: “That’s a clock, and I’m the Queen of England.”
The arrest of the 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for a disassembled clock was been seen by many as indicative of serious anti-Muslim prejudice in parts of the United States.
The Muslim teen has been flooded with messages of support and advice from some of the America’s biggest tech firms, and even received an invitation to the White House from President Obama.
As the #IstandwithAhmed hashtag trended on social media, some commentators took issue with the level of support offered to the teen, among them former Alaska governor Sarah Palin who said school officials and police were justified in thinking Ahmed’s homemade clock was a threat.
“Yep, believing that’s a clock in a school pencil box is like believing Barack Obama is ruling over the most transparent administration in history,” said Ms Palin.
In a rant on Facebook, she wrote that “[Ahmed]’s arrest was completely reasonable and school officials were justified for thinking the device, make out of a pencil box, was an explosive,” she wrote while sharing pictures of her kids’ pencil boxes.
“Right. That’s a clock, and I’m the Queen of England.”
Despite Texan police admitting that they knew the 14-year-old did not have a bomb, but deciding to arrest him anyway on the possibility that he may have made a hoax bomb, Ms Palin went on to criticise Mr Obama for inviting the teen to the White House.
“President Obama’s practice of jumping in cases prematurely to interject himself as the cool savior, wanting so badly to attach himself to the issue-of-the-day, got old years ago,” she said.
Continuing: “Friends, consider the kids disciplined and/or kicked out of school for bringing squirt guns to school or taking bites out of a pop tart until it resembled (to some politically correct yahoo) a gun.
“Or the student out deer hunting with his dad early one morning who forgot he had a box of ammo in his truck when he parked in the school’s lot later that day.
“Kids humiliated and intimidated for innocent actions like those real examples are often marked the rest of their lives and made to feel really rotten.
“Whereas Ahmed Muhammad (sic), an evidently obstinate-answering student bringing in a homemade ‘clock’ that obviously could be seen by conscientious teachers as a dangerous wired-up bomb-looking contraption (teachers who are told ‘if you see something, say something!’) gets invited to the White House.”
President Barack Obama has weighed in on the worldwide #IStandWithAhmed twitter campaign and pledged his support for the 14-year-old Muslim teenager arrested by police in Texas after taking a homemade clock to school.
A Texas teenager taken away in handcuffs this week for bringing to his Dallas-area school a homemade clock that staff mistook for a bomb won a personal invitation from President Barack Obama on Wednesday to visit the White House.