I'm not saying the clock boy (who is freaking adorable by the way) incident wasn't due to Islamophobia, it definitely was, but I think it's also symptomatic of how utterly paranoid our school system has gotten. Kids get suspended for having toy guns or swords. That policy started when I was a kid in my home state, they mandated expulsion for any kid with even a fake weapon or a tool like an exacto knife or pocket knife. Guess what, none of that stopped kids bringing actual guns into school, but a lot of kids got in trouble for stuff that made no sense, just like Ahmed. And the administrators did routinely target black and brown kids even though the white kids did it just as often.