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Letter: 'Clock arrest' was justified

Ahmed Mohamed being led away in handcuffs after

Ahmed Mohamed being led away in handcuffs after a homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb, on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Photo Credit: Twitter / Anil Dash

We're constantly warned, "If you see something, say something." School officials in Irving, Texas did just that when a youngster brought what appeared to be a suspicious device to school ["Police to review clock case," News, Sept. 19].

The police were called and agreed with the school officials. After further investigation, it was determined that the boy had built a clock rather than a bomb, and he was released. Predictably, the media has been all over the story due to accusations of "Islamophobia," and the president waded in by inviting the boy to the White House.

Did Texas officials overreact? We are living at a time of general hysteria caused by school shootings, bombings and various acts of savagery. We know what the reaction would be if officials ignored a suspicious device, and it was used to kill.

Bernard A. Bilawsky, North Massapequa

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