Handcuffed for Making Clock, 14 Year Old Wins Time With Obama

A homemade alarm clock got a 14-year-old, Houston, TX boy detained by police officers Monday after school officials accused him of making a fake bomb.

This article had very interesting content. The headline caught my attention and I think the lead was relevant to the headline. The lead set the tone for the rest of the story, similar to the inverted pyramid we discussed in class. The lead summarized the story’s most important facts and the following paragraphs added more details and background.

Part of the headline entitled “wins time with Obama,” was compelling and I believe this will catch a wider variety of people as an audience.  After the incident, Obama tweeted “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?” Ahmed Mohamed was invited to the White House for Astronomy Night in October.

Police chief Larry Boyd justified detaining 14 year old Mohamed based on the information they had at the time. The clock isn’t your typical clock; it is equipped with wires and a circuit board. Overall, this is an easy story to interpret and you get the gist of the article from the headline and lead alone.


The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/us/texas-student-is-under-police-investigation-for-building-a-clock.html?src=me

1 Comment

  1. fuglsang

    Good discussion, Tori. I disagree somewhat about the lead. It does cover the story, but it’s too long.

    The internet wins again.

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