Mohammad Suleiman, a 6 year old Muslim boy in Texas, was left with a substitute teacher while his regular teacher left for the day.The Substitute teacher heard the boy say, "Boom Boom and Allah" and assumed he was making terrorist threats. That's when she called the police and reported the young boy as a terrorist. Upon the arrival of the police officers they told them that Mohammad could talk. Mohammad was born with Down Syndrome chromosome 21 which makes it hard for the young boy to talk. His father says that he has the ability of a one year old when it comes to his speech and needs care at all times.
Mohammad attends C. J. Harris Elementary School in Pearland. The teacher’s reported accusation against the special needs child prompted a police investigation and one by Child Protective Services as well.
“The last three to four weeks have been the hardest of my life,” said Maher Suleiman. “My wife and kids were crying a few days ago and I told them everything is fine.” The Pearland Police Department told FOX 26 News that they did conduct an investigation but found no need for police involvement.
Most cases of Down syndrome result from trisomy 21, which means each cell in the body has three copies of chromosome 21 instead of the usual two copies.Less commonly, Down syndrome occurs when part of chromosome 21 becomes attached (translocated) to another chromosome during the formation of reproductive cells (eggs and sperm) in a parent or very early in fetal development. Affected people have two normal copies of chromosome 21 plus extra material from chromosome 21 attached to another chromosome, resulting in three copies of genetic material from chromosome 21. Affected individuals with this genetic change are said to have translocation Down syndrome.A very small percentage of people with Down syndrome have an extra copy of chromosome 21 in only some of the body's cells. In these people, the condition is called mosaic Down syndrome.
Researchers believe that having extra copies of genes on chromosome 21 disrupts the course of normal development, causing the characteristic features of Down syndrome and the increased risk of health problems associated with this condition.