"Fox & Friends" condemns Ahmed Mohamed of being "less innocent than he seems" for hilariously minor school infraction

Anna Kooiman said Ahmed had been suspended for "blowing soap bubbles," suggesting he was a chronic troublemaker


Scott Eric Kaufman
September 30, 2015 9:43PM (UTC)

On "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning, the network continued its offensive against 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed -- the Texas teen who was arrested after bringing a bespoke clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb despite the absence of an explosive agent -- claiming that evidence exists proving that he "is not as innocent as he seems."

Of course, that evidence did not concern the fact that Mohamed's father has a reputation for staged political activism, but that Ahmed was once disciplined for "blowing soap bubbles in the bathroom."

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Co-host Steve Doocy noted that Mohamed "has a history of trouble" and that "a former teacher [could] shed some light on his past." Correspondent Anna Kooiman informed viewers that "the techie teenager" who produced "a hoax bomb" -- and it bears repeating that it was a clock, not "a hoax bomb," as Fox News personalities have apparently been encouraged to call it -- "was suspended for several weeks during the sixth grade."

Kooiman said that, according to a family friend, the suspension resulted "from blowing soap bubbles in the bathroom." Mohamed's seventh grade history teacher added that Ahmed was "a weird little kid" who would frequently bring inventions "like a homemade remote he used to prank a teenager by shutting off a projector in class" to school. (So much for Bill Maher's anti-Ahmed tirade.)

The teacher, Ralph Kubiak, elaborated, saying that Mohamed's "one of those kids that could either be CEO of a company or head of a gang" and that he boasted "I'm going to be really big on the Internet one day" -- a truly damning statement coming from a 14-year-old in the Age of PewDiePie.

Watch the entire segment below via Media Matters.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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