The follow-up investigation revealed the device apparently was a homemade experiment, and there’s no evidence to support the perception he intended to create alarm
The budding mechanical engineer who regularly builds gadgets such as clocks and radios all the time was at home. However instead of getting to know the student the teachers at the school had him arrested. Ahmed was then handcuffed “for his safety and for the safety of the officers” and taken to a juvenile detention center. He was later released to his parents. In one fell swoop the school system and police managed to turn a proud 14 year old into a criminal. Even though Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said that the department would not be filing charges against Ahmed, they still turned him into the face of a terrorist.