Re: “Internet support erupts for Texas student arrested after his home-built clock was mistaken for bomb” (Sept. 16):

I recently read about a 14-year-old boy who got arrested Monday in Texas. He said he had built a clock using a pencil case, a circuit board and a power supply wired to a digital display; the device later beeped during class.

The police, who are experts, said it could have been reasonably mistaken for a bomb.

The boy said that it couldn’t have, and his father backed him up, saying his son was “mistreated” because of his name, Ahmed Mohamed, and the proximity of 9/11. (On Wednesday, police announced that the device was harmless and that the boy will not be charged.)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is investigating, saying that the case raises a red flag and seems pretty egregious.

Well, in this day and age, you can’t do stuff like that. What the boy did was what raised the red flag. Even from working for the Postal Service, we learn we have to be careful of suspicious mail, especially ticking packages.

Maybe the Council on American-Islamic Relations should look into the Kentucky case of Kim Davis, who was jailed for her beliefs, and start defending her rights.

David Ryder

Portland