Fox News host Anna Kooiman warned viewers on Sept. 30 that Muslim teen clockmaker Ahmed Mohamed "may not be as innocent as he seems" in part because of an alleged suspension in the sixth grade when Mohamed blew some soap bubbles (video below).
Mohamed was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, earlier this month after school officials thought it was a bomb even though the teen told them it was a clock.
After a public outcry, police decided not to charge Mohamed who has since left the school district permanently to embark on a tour of the Google Science Fair, United Nations and White House, reports the New York Daily News.
On "Fox and Friends," co-host Steve Doocy introduced Kooiman's segment by stating that Mohamed "reportedly has a history of trouble" and cable channel used the graphic: "Troubled Past."
Kooiman cited a recent article by The Dallas Morning News that interviewed a former teacher and friends of Mohamed who recalled his practical jokes and strong intellect while at Sam Houston Middle School, notes MediaMatters.org.
But now Ahmed's 7th grade history teacher Ralph Kubiak tells the Dallas Morning Sun this isn't the first time he's been in trouble. Kubiak claims Mohamed was suspended for several weeks during the sixth grade. A family friend says it came from blowing soap bubbles in the bathroom.
But Kubiak also claims Mohamed spent time in a reassignment center the following year to complete a punishment. He also says the "weird little kid" would often bring inventions into school, like a homemade remote he used to prank a teenager by shutting off a projector in class.
Of Ahmed, Kubiak says he's "one of those kids that could either be CEO of a company or head of a gang." Kubiak claims he called Ahmed after the clock incident with Ahmed bragging on the phone saying this: "I'm going to be really big on the Internet one day."
And Ahmed was right about that. After the clock incident, Ahmed received invitations to Facebook, Google, the U.N., and, previously stated, the White House.
It's unknown if President Obama is aware of his past disciplinary problems in school. But right after the clock incident, the president suggested the visit could "inspire more kids to like science."
Kooiman failed to mention that Kubiak compared himself to Mohamed in The Dallas Morning News article: "I saw a lot of him in me. That thirst for knowledge."
Kubiak recalled that Mohamed was able to discuss the similarities between major religions in the sixth grade, brought homemade inventions to school, quickly learned English and got an "A" even after allegedly being suspended in seventh grade (Kooiman only mentioned the suspension part).
Kubiak added that the superintendent at Sam Houston Middle School was too quick to suspend some children, another part of the article not mentioned by Kooiman.
Kooiman also didn't quote Ahmed completely when he reportedly told Kubiak: "I told you one day I’m going to be — and you told me yourself — I’m going to be really big on the Internet one day."
Kooiman was also big on the Internet when she was mocked for speculating in December 2014 that an AsiaAir flight was missing because foreign pilots used the metric system instead of an American system of measurement, reported the Daily Mail.