There has been shock and outrage across the globe over the arrest of 14-year-old, Ahmed Mohamed.
Ahmed was taken away in handcuffs from his school earlier this week only for bringing a self-made clock from home to show off to his teachers in school. The teachers at the MacArthur High School in Dallas somehow thought he had made a time bomb and had him arrested. Ahmed was arrested on September 16 on charges of making a hoax bomb.
The Muslim boy has now won a million hearts including that of US President Barack Obama. Obama tweeted saying, “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.”
The White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed that Ahmed has been invited to attend an astronomy event at the White House next month.
Not just Obama, Democrat Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton also tweeted in support of Ahmed.
“Assumptions and fear don’t keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building,” said the former First Lady on twitter.
Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has invited Ahmed to meet him.
“You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he took it to school. Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed…. Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you. Keep building,” said Zuckerberg his Facebook post.
Ahmed now plans to change his school after the incident.
“I have Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and I am pleased that they are part of the action and the movement to get rid of everything that has been happening, not just to me but to other people around the entire globe,” said the Texas teen.
“I built a clock to impress my teacher but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her. So it was really sad that she took a wrong impression of it and I got arrested for it later that day. But since the charges have already been dropped, I am allowed to say that I really want to go to M.I.T (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and TAMS (Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science) and I am thinking of transferring schools,” explained Ahmed to reporters who flocked to interview him.
Mohamed was handcuffed and taken to a detention center where he was fingerprinted and had mug shots taken. He was freed when his parents came for him.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has said that the case serves as an example of religious bigotry in the US.
Meanwhile, the police have said that the device, which was in a case, was mistaken for a bomb. They also clarified that religion had nothing to do with their response.
“The student would only say that it was a clock and was not forthcoming at that time about any other details. Having no other information to go on and taking into consideration the device’s suspicious appearance and the safety of the students and the staff at MacArthur High School, the student was taken into custody for possession of a hoax bomb,” Chief Larry Boyd of the Irving Police Department told NBC News.
The unnerving incident launched a social media campaign called #IStandWithAhmed, which received more than 300,000 tweets.