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Batteries, wires not OK at school

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Column by Jim Clark

What kind of parents would let their kid bring a suitcase with batteries and wires to school? And why would they be shocked when the kid is arrested?
Personally, I don’t care if the boy’s name is Ahmed or Joe Lunchbucket … he’s supposed to be smart, but he brings a suitcase as described above to his school. His teacher turned him in, and authorities were called and handcuffed him.
Good for them.
Then the liberals all jump in and say oh, the poor boy was mistreated because he had an Arabic name. Sorry, he was arrested because he was alleged to have committed a crime, bringing a “hoax bomb” to school.
Our great president, who never lets a chance go by to honor someone who makes a questionable decision, invites Ahmed to the White House. Of course, Ahmed created a stir, scaring his school and local law enforcement, to say nothing of causing a response that was probably expensive, but that doesn’t mean anything to our president, who will celebrate a great photo op with this young man.
The biggest thing for us locally is that we hope the School Board will reiterate that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. Teachers should be taught, as happened in this case, to report any suspicious device to school officials and authorities, and the full measure of the law should be brought down on any student who does something as foolish as this, and the parents should face charges, also.
For several years, we have been subjected to public service messages that conclude, “If you see something, say something.”
If you see someone carrying a suitcase with batteries and wires, say something immediately, and say it to a 911 operator.
Suspicious activities such as this should not be rewarded with a visit to the White House. They should be rewarded by a visit to juvenile detention.

Jim Clark is the editor of the South Marion Citizen.