April 24, 2015

“I’m Middle Eastern, and I thought the bomb was kind of funny.” Boy suspended for asking girl to prom with 'BOMB' around his waist

Rebel Staff

A boy in the Vancouver, Washington area was suspended from school after he asked a girl to prom in the most unconventional of ways.

With a fake bomb wrapped around his waist, Ibrahim Ahmad stood on the stage in the cafeteria holding a sign that read “I kno it’s A little Late, But I’m kinda…THE BOMB! Rilea, Will U Be My Date To Prom.”

According to The Columbian, he said, “I’m Middle Eastern, and I thought the bomb was kind of funny and clever. I wasn’t wearing the vest for more than, like, 20 seconds. I asked her, took a picture, took it off, and then the school got upset.”

Ahmad says he didn't break any school rules and the girl, Rilea Wolfe, said yes.

However, School Superintendent Mark Mansell says Ahmad deserves is 5-day suspension.

“I want all my kids to feel safe and supported, but there’s a line. Given the way the world is today and school safety, even if one parent or one student was upset about this, it causes issues,” he said.

Ahmad says it's unfair and views his suspension as 'racist'.

“It was really unfair, and it kind of felt racist. If anyone else did that, I feel like no one else would have gotten in trouble for it,” he said.

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commented 2015-04-28 06:02:44 -0400
A stunt like that was once called “being tone deaf”. Meaning simply that it was a stupid thing to do. Unfortunately, with terrorism being so front and centre in todays daily news, a “joke” like this just isn’t a joke.
commented 2015-04-26 20:50:29 -0400
Kenneth Banner – oh for sure. We don’t know. But I suspect this student is different than the young Khadr whose family got him Canadian citizenship but brought him up in a family of radical jihadis frequently residing in Pakistan where he learned his father’s terrorist trade.

The thing is we don’t know much about Khadr except his bad acts. Ezra seems to think he is not literate enough to write the op ed piece the Ottawa Citizen published under his name. So maybe he’s simply not bright enough to pose much of a media or ideological threat. Maher Arar had a degree in computer science, his wife a PhD, so it isn’t such a leap for Ottawa U. to hire him.

The student who pulled the bomb vest prank will, hopefully, mature beyond this incident and become a productive member of society. But only time will tell.
commented 2015-04-26 15:06:10 -0400
I also agree with you Joan. The seesaw of any story can be sensitive or down right dangerous but it is a story about someone somewhere else and he did something for attention and got called on it. None of us know anything except it was a story in the paper about a problem and it makes my hair itch just a little.
Here’s a thought. Omar Khadar gets released and CBC hires him to lead a talk show to replace CBC Jian Gnomish. Now both are controversial and have fans.
You are known by who you know and that can be a good thing or not.
At the earliest Omar was just a moron doing his thing. He is Canadian and grew up here. His earlier pictures in family and school show a bright and good looking kid with a thoughtful smile.
Being a “downer” is not a great thing but somebody’s got to do it. Less then ten minutes to make a decision over a news story and a reply in a comment section is what we are all doing but “wheres the beef” as they say. What’s next? Nothing I hope this to just go away but I still wonder. Don’t you?
This is our life now. Many alarms and only some of them false.
commented 2015-04-25 21:46:17 -0400
You might just be right Joan. I don’t know if he put too much thought into it. I’ve done stupid things as a younger man. Things I am not proud of at all. But I did learn from those mistakes, I hope he learns from his.
commented 2015-04-25 08:04:50 -0400
I think his comment that he thought the suspension “was kind of racist” was also intended as a joke. This kid didn’t just arrive yesterday. He’s American. A moron but an American who wanted to relieve the heavy oppression of current events with an absurdist stunt. His friends clearly weren’t frightened. But with youtube, the principal had no choice but to suspend him. Not for trying to terrorize anyone but for being a smart ass. Had he not, the general public, then police, then the courts and tribunals would have got involved and the principal would have come under fire. Ah, the folly of innocents.
commented 2015-04-25 00:12:43 -0400
Ya, I guess so Mark. Just highly sensitive times. I see your point, but not sure in this case. Just seems …I donno.
commented 2015-04-24 23:01:44 -0400
The phrase about something being “the bomb” (really good) has been around for how many years? So the kid puts a play on words to it, and mocks up a suicide vest. Now he’s literally, “The Bomb”. Hilarious! Immature, unwise, but hilarious! People need to lighten up, I mean, seriously lighten up…

Humor is becoming a casualty of Political Correctness…
commented 2015-04-24 21:20:00 -0400
What happens when you shout “bomb” in an airport. Standing up in front of a full cafeteria at high school with a bomb vest on? Not funny. If the kid is from the Middle East somewhere, unless he is too stupid to go to the prom with, knew exactly what he was doing. Not cool. He should at least be doing some kind of community service as punishment. And this kid thought it was kind of racist? Kindergarten kids get more suspension time for drawing a picture of a gun , or making a hand motion of one. Give me a break.
Like the girl’s parents are letting her go to the prom with this jerk.
commented 2015-04-24 19:30:36 -0400
I don’t think it’s racism, I think the school would have done the same to any kid.
commented 2015-04-24 19:05:46 -0400
The kid is a moron. I’m sure he thought it was funny and didn’t do it to upset anyone. But he’s a moron. He deserves the suspension just for being a smart ass and it won’t hurt him. It will probably make him more popular. He’s also been banned from the prom but maybe he’ll pursue a career in stand-up. The very worst of tragedies, if satirized tastefully, can be great comic art that relieves the pain of shared trauma. That’s the best I can do with this lemon.
commented 2015-04-24 18:45:28 -0400
So, Dennis, it’d be ok for a blonde, white kid to wear a swastika and say something like “I’ma gunna blitzkrieg your heart.”? Or an Asian kid to yell “Banzai! Go to the prom with me or I’ll commit seppuku.”?
People are being maimed and killed with these things. There’s your punch line.
commented 2015-04-24 18:25:32 -0400
What if it was real?
commented 2015-04-24 17:10:32 -0400
I think what he did was innovative and possibly slightly politically incorrect, but the school reacted like all bureaucrats, over the top feigned outrage. He deserved no more than a discussion about inappropriate behavior. Stupid progressive bureaucrats.