- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The White House on Wednesday said the arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim student in Texas must be a “teachable moment” for the nation and that the boy’s teachers “failed him” after mistaking his homemade clock for a bomb.

The student, Ahmed Mohamed, was taken into custody after showing the clock to his teachers. Texas authorities have now closed the case.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the incident should lead Americans to ask themselves difficult questions about potential prejudice in their own hearts and minds.

“America’s best teachers in our schools, in our best schools, at least, nurture the intellectual curiosity of all of our students. … It is clear some of Ahmed’s teachers failed him. That’s too bad, but it’s not too late for all of us to use this as a teachable moment to search our own conscience,” Mr. Earnest said.

“I think it is, from this distance, it is far too early to draw that direct assessment from here,” he added when asked whether Ahmed was treated differently because he is a Muslim. “We have seen local law enforcement officials have closed the case, and I think there are some difficult and penetrating questions that do need to be asked.”

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