Jackrabbit News Brief



Ahmed Mohamed

In Irving, Texas on September 14, 14 year old freshman Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for building a clock to impress his engineering teacher, as it was thought to be a bomb. Mohamed was put in handcuffs and taken to a downtown detention center that same day. He was also interrogated, searched, and fingerprinted. Official charges have been dropped, though Mohamed did receive a 3 day suspension from the school district, during which his family has made plans to transfer him to another high school. Mohamed has received support from President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg, among others, for his engineering skills. Upon graduation, he hopes to study at MIT.

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Syria’s civil war began 5 years ago, and 4 million Syrians have fled from their country. Currently, huge swaths of the country are controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, otherwise known as ISIS. Syrians have fled primarily to Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Now, however, many are setting their sights on Europe. Hungary has already closed its borders to immigrants, but Germany is still accepting, as is Austria. According to Secretary of State John Kerry, the US will increase the number of worldwide refugees it accepts each year to 100,000 in 2017, as opposed to its current 70,000.

Second Republican Debate

The second Republican debate was held September 16 at the Ronald Reagan Library. The debate was hosted by CNN. 11 nominees attended, including Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, and Chris Christie, among others. The debate covered a wide range of topics, such as same-sex marriage, immigration, the nuclear deal with Iran, and federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Carly Fiorina has jumped to the top spot in polls as a result of the debate. 5 days afterward, on Monday, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin dropped from running as a presidential nominee.