Sikh boy jailed after ‘bully’ said he was going to blow up school in Texas

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Armaan Singh Sarai
Armaan Singh Sarai (L) with her cousin Ginee Haer

Months after a Muslim boy was arrested over a homemade clock mistaken as a possible bomb, a 12-year-old Sikh boy was arrested and put behind bars for three days, for allegedly joking to a classmate that he has a bomb in his backpack, in Arlington, Texas.

According to reports, the boy’s cousin Ginee Haer wrote on a Facebook post, “A bully in class thought it would be funny to accuse him (Armaan Singh Sarai) of having a bomb, and so the principal, without any questioning, interrogation, or notification to his parents, called the police,”

She said the boy was kept behind bars for three consecutive days, before finally releasing him on Monday, December 15th . The post went viral and was shared by thousands of Facebook users.

She said, “Worried & frightened at home, his family was concerned as to why he had not reached home right after school. They started calling every police department in the area, only to find out he was sent to a Juvenile facility.”

Police said they indeed went to Nichols Junior High School in Dallas, Texas, after a student told a teacher that Sarai told him he was planning to blow up the school, report said.

The family of the boy, however, claimed that the boy was framed. “Armaan was born and raised in Texas by a loving #Sikh family. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family, watching TV, and playing video games. In his family, are his mom, dad, two sisters and a brother who love him more than life, after all he’s the baby in the family,” Haer wrote.

“His family moved to Dallas, Texas about three to four months ago, and being the new kid wasn’t that easy for him. It made it especially hard since he isn’t able to get out much, due to a heart condition he was born with,”the cousin sister wrote.

“The heart condition has led him to having three open heart surgeries, and he isn’t able to do a lot of extra curricular activities. But his love from his family and friends has always been enough to keep his heart filled. His family and friends would describe to be really funny, nice, and a caring human being,” she concluded.

The arrest of the Sikh boy came months after a Texas boy Ahmed Mohamed was arrested in handcuffs for bringing to a homemade clock in his Dallas school that the school authorities mistook for a bomb.