Which famous middle schooler clashed repeatedly with authority, ‘racked up weeks of suspension’?

Which famous middle schooler clashed repeatedly with authority, ‘racked up weeks of suspension’?

Maybe “infamous” is more apt than “famous,” but that probably depends which side of the ideological spectrum you tend toward. He is best-known lately for being arrested after bringing a clock to school, for claiming that he was a victim of Islamophobia, and for ultimately heading out on the A-list circuit to meet kings and queens.

He is none other than Ahmed Mohamed, and he is the focus today of an article in the Dallas Morning News that reveals some interesting details of the boy’s past:

[To really know Ahmed] ask [the teachers] at Sam Houston Middle School, where the boy from Sudan mastered electronics and English, once built a remote control to prank the classroom projector and bragged of reciting his First Amendment rights in the principal’s office.

It’s also the school where Ahmed racked up weeks of suspensions, became convinced an administrator had it in for him and — before he left for the high school where he turned famous — prompted Irving ISD to review claims of anti-Muslim bullying.

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If you want to know about the boy before the fame, ask Ralph Kubiak: Ahmed’s seventh-grade history teacher and fellow outsider.


“He was a weird little kid,” said Kubiak, now 62 and retired. “I saw a lot of him in me. That thirst for knowledge … he’s one of those kids that could either be CEO of a company or head of a gang.”


Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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