Following news that 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, there's been an outpouring of support for the Texas student. Police, at first, kept the option open to charge Mohamed with making a "hoax bomb," but at a press conference today announced that "the case is considered closed."
According to The Dallas Morning News, who first broke the story, Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd told a gathering at a press conference that officials were "confident it's not an explosive device." (In an unfortunately worded moment, he reportedly also said there was "no evidence that there was an intention to create alarm.") According to Boyd, it was a "naive accident." Boyd, according to the Morning News, also denied that race was a factor in the arrest, saying "the reaction would have been the same regardless" of color of the student's skin
Ahmed has said that he was only trying to impress teachers with the homemade clock he'd made, and continually explained to both teachers and police that it was only a clock.
At the press conference, police also released a photo of the homemade clock:
This is the device Irving Police called suspicious #wfaa pic.twitter.com/arnur3x9LY— D Fernandez (@DemondFernandez) September 16, 2015