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NEA President’s statement on Ahmed Mohamed

WASHINGTON - September 17, 2015 -

In response to the incident this week at MacArthur High School in Irving, Tx., where 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested and suspended for bringing a homemade clock to school, National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García released the following statement:

“In July, the NEA passed a resolution to challenge ourselves -- 3 million of our nation’s educators -- to discuss and fight institutional racism in our schools. We are engaging our members in ways to drive this important work across our Association, our schools and our communities.

As we continue to develop meaningful ways to reach out to our members to educate, activate and engage each other in this critical conversation, today we are called to take this simple and powerful step to let Ahmed and every student who faces systemic racism know that educators #StandWithAhmed.”