A 14-year-old schoolboy, who was arrested when his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb, has been invited to the White House.
President Obama sent out a tweet in support of Ahmed Mohamed, from Irving, Texas, and congratulated him on his achievements.
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
Ahmed was taken away in handcuffs from MacArthur High School when a teacher reported him to the principal, fearing that he intended to scare people with his device.
Ahmed's sister told me to post this. Yes this situation is real for those questioning. pic.twitter.com/Oxd0JxUS6O
— Prajwol/Ru (@OfficalPrajwol) September 16, 2015
“I made a clock. It was really easy. I wanted to show something small at first … they took it wrong, so I was arrested for a hoax bomb,” said Ahmed in an interview from his home workshop.
Ahmed was interrogated in the school’s front office before being taken to a Juvenile Detention Centre. The police searched him, took a mugshot and his fingerprints prior to releasing him.
Within hours of his arrest #IStandWithAhmed became the top trending hashtag on Twitter, with many high-profile names supporting the young teen.
Along with an invitation to meet the President, Ahmed was praised by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Ahmed has been invited to this weekend’s Google Science Fair and was offered the chance to drive NASA’s Opportunity Rover.
Ahmed’s family launched a Twitter account to thank everyone for their support with the handle @IStandWithAhmed.
“Thank you fellow supporters. We can band together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again.” – Josh Chahal
Top photo is a screenshot from BBC America’s TV coverage.