He was told not to show it to people by one teacher yet he kept doing so
Irrelevant. Hoax requires intent. No intent, no hoax.
Yes, I've said that dozens of times. However a suspected hoax warrant police investigation to determine intent. **Suspected** is the point most people are failing to recognize.
This is something the police do every day.
They freak out over supposed bomb threats at schools, while not evacuating the school, every day? The district and the police were incompetent reactionaries no matter which way you try to polish this turd.
Yes schools are a mess with their zero tolerance policies. However a hoax bomb is illegal, not simply a violation of school policy. A hoax bomb does not have to be ultra realistic, again, Woz's hoax was a box that ticked, not visible explosive simulant.
This is not a case of racism or islamophobia. What happened to this kid is "normal", right or wrong, it is "normal" behavior for schools and has been for decades.