A week into Ahmed Mohamed’s 15 minutes of fame and the cracks in this liberal poster child continue to widen. As more details surface, it becomes increasingly apparent that the teen lied about his “creation,” then refused to cooperate with police, and is now getting rewarded with fame and all sorts of free goodies. Which, given the relish Ahmed’s displaying in soaking it all up, almost makes you wonder if was all part of the plan to begin with.
And now, further fueling the controversy surrounding Ahmed’s possible hoax is the revelation from Ahmed’s older sister, Eyman, that she previously was suspended from the same school for three days. The reason? Apparently, a fellow student’s claim that Eyman “wanted to blow up the school.”
Via The Daily Beast:
After the MSNBC segment, Eyman and I sit down in the hallway where she says the same thing happened to her as Ahmed.
“I got suspended from school for three days from this stupid same district, from this girl saying I wanted to blow up the school, something I had nothing to do with.”
Eyman talks with the slightest lisp, almost imperceptible, but it becomes stronger as she gets emotional.
“I got suspended and I didn’t do anything about it and so when I heard about Ahmed, I was so mad because it happened to me and I didn’t get to stand up, so I’m making sure he’s standing up because it’s not right. So I’m not jealous, I’m kinda like—it’s like he’s standing for me.”
Eyman said her suspension was in her first year of middle school, “my first year of attempting middle school in America. I knew English, but the culture was different, the people were different.”
Though we haven’t been able to verify Eyman’s suspension as she tells it, let’s assume it’s true. The family then already knew any possible bomb threat was something the school took seriously — as it, frankly, should. And yet, Ahmed brings this suspicious-looking box into the school — not as part of some school project, but apparently just because? Or… in an attempt to fire up controversy and then play into the Islamophobia agenda?
Another possibility is that Eyman’s story is also made up — like the idea that Ahmed made the clock himself, which has now been debunked. Why would Eyman lie about such a thing — unless to perpetuate the Islamophobia narrative perhaps? Pairing her revelation about being suspended for a bomb threat with what Mark Cuban said recently on Bill Maher’s panel and you start to really wonder. According to Cuban, owner of pro basketball’s Dallas Mavericks and star of the ABC-TV show “Shark Tank,” he heard Mohamed’s sister feeding him answers when he talked to him on the phone. This seems odd, particularly given Ahmed’s apparent comfort — even relish — at being the center of attention. So, was there a script Ahmed needed to stick to, to feed a particular narrative?