New Delhi: A 12-year-old Sikh boy was arrested from a Texas school and held for three days after his classmate accused him of possessing a bomb.
The boy, Armaan, was joking with his friends and his classmate accused him of having a bomb in his backpack. The school principal, reportedly, without any "questioning, interrogation, or notification to his parents", called the police, who searched Armaan’s backpack and found out there was no bomb. Despite that fact, Armaan was detained for three days at a juvenile detention facility and even his parents were not informed about all that happened and where he was being held.
A Facebook post written by Armaan Singh Sarai’s cousin said, "On Friday, December 11th, 2015, my cousin attended school, like any other normal 12 year old child. A bully in class thought it would be funny to accuse him of having a bomb, and so the principal, without any questioning, interrogation, or notification to his parents, called the police. Worried & frightened at home, his family was concerned as to why he had not reached home right after school. They started calling every police department in the area, only to find out he was sent to a Juvenile facility."
“We received a call on Friday, December 11 about a student who threatened to blow up the school with a bomb. When we arrived, we had to evacuate the classroom consisting of 16 students and a teacher and spoke to the student who alerted the teacher… The student who made the threat admitted to saying he had a bomb and that he would blow up the school but that he was joking,” an officer from the Arlington Police Department in Texas (US) told Hindustan Times over the phone.
In a letter to the school principal Julie Harcrow, Sarai’s older brother Aksh Singh said other students, too, were joking about bombs but only the “Indian boy was taken into police custody”.
In September, in a similar incident, Mohamed Ahmed, 14-year-old Muslim boy in the US was arrested, suspended from school for bringinag an alleged hoax bomb after he took a homemade clock to school that his teachers thought looked like an explosive device.