" Do you really think it's a good idea to support families who bait schools into overreacting in search of a payout?"
It may not be ideal, but if it gets these dumb bastards to stop and think, maybe it is worth it.
"If anyone thinks that parts from a consumer device are obviously not a threat, go find an Iraqi/Afghan vet and ask them what sort of parts detonators of improvised explosive devices are sometimes made from. "
Nobody thinks that. We think that 14 year old boys bringing in clocks that they have torn apart and rebuilt in a new case for science class are not a threat, even if they might be Muslim!
"doesn't "innocent until proven guilty" mean the onus is on the boy to show the school district wasn't acting the same way as they would for anyone else in the same circumstances?"
No, because "innocent until proven guilty" is a standard for criminal offenses. This is a civil case, and the standard is the much easier to meet " beyond a preponderance of the evidence
"Taking a clock out of it's case is not an electronics project. It's a Phillips screwdriver project at best."
Not every 14 year old kid is a budding Steve Wozniak. It may have been a very advanced activity for him. How would you know? Are you his teacher?
"Again the school district surely has other examples they can point to."
That only makes sense if some white kids actually did something similar in the same school, with the same administration in place. If there are no instances of that, pointing out that none have been treated badly for it is a complete Red Herring.
"Disassembled clock parts wire together in an adhoc fashion and found in an ordinary box unrelated to time keeping looks like the detonator to an IED."
Or it looks like some shit a 14 year old might throw together, being unlikely to have training in bomb creation and access to the explosives required to make that little box dangerous. It depends if you have a basic grasp of Occams Razor and a rational thought process,or watch a lot of Fox news and believe Muslims are the latest scourge of ne'er do wells looking to kill whitey and rape his woman.
He was only treated that way because he was perceived to be a Muslim
Perceived? Is he not Muslim? Perhaps you meant something else.
He stated it correctly. If he was Muslim, but was perceived to be a God fearing young Christian lad, it wouldn't have been a problem. It is indeed the fact that he was perceived to be Muslim that was the issue. Indeed, if he was Christian, but perceived to be a Muslim, same problem
"I was questioned for 60 minutes and threatened with expulsion and arrest for writing a program in my programming class."
That certainly explains why you are posting as AC without supplying any links and/or citations. We totally believe you dude!
"Bringing a hoax bomb to school is illegal."
10 PRINT "Which is how we know he didn't do that, what with him not being charged with doing that and all."
"As for whether what this kid did was a hoax bomb"
20 GOTO 10
" To sue for damages one has to show they were financially damaged."
Where did you ever get that idea? You've never heard of compensation for Mental Anguish?
Drilling for oil is boring.