IRVING, TX -- One of the largest Muslim groups in Texas says it does not fault police and school officials who handcuffed and suspended a 14-year-old Muslim boy after he brought a homemade clock to class that they mistook for a possible bomb.
Instead, Khalid Hamideh of the Islamic Association of North Texas blames political leaders for espousing inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric and creating a "climate of fear."
The association operates the mosque attended by the family of Ahmed Mohamed, the suburban Dallas student who became a sensation on social media Wednesday after word spread about his clock and the way he was treated.
Ahmed was pulled from class Monday after he showed the device to a teacher. Authorities are not seeking criminal charges against him.