momlogic's Vivian: Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School turns out the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of future Ivy League success stories -- except for Mohammed Hassan. According to the New York Daily News, the newly minted senior was promptly ousted from the prestigious institution after facing arson charges for setting fires in two school bathrooms.
Hassan -- who pled guilty to a disorderly conduct charge, but not guilty to the arson charge -- was caught on surveillance tape leaving the bathrooms after the fires were set. Had he been found guilty of arson, he could have spent up to seven years in the slammer.
How'd he manage such a sweet deal? Per the article, a source said there were six similar fire incidents after Hassan left Stuy High. Hassan's dad, who shares his name, called his son's arrest racially motivated. "They don't have anything," he said. "The fires are still going on, so this proves it."
Hm. Seems we're missing a crucial piece of info that only a pause button could reveal. Did the kid fly out of the bathroom with fear in his eyes? Or did he walk out guffawing like Dr. Evil?
Even if this guy isn't a firestarter, he's inspired a movement. What do you guys think? Should the kid have faced jail time? Or do you think he's the victim of racial profiling?