Imagine being an eager teen and building an electronic clock from scratch only to be arrested because your school believed it to be a bomb. That’s what happened to Ahmed Mohamed, a 9th grader, that attends Irving MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas.
The extraordinary teen showed the project off to his engineering teacher, who reportedly applauded the design, but told him not to show it to other teachers.While in English class, the clocked beeped while it was in his bag, forcing Ahmed to show the project to his teacher and it was that teacher who believed that it was a bomb. The teacher then took it from Ahmed and gave it to the principle. Later on in the day the principle and an officer came and retrieved Ahmed from his sixth period class and led him into a room where four other police officers waited.
Ahmed said that once he entered the room, an officer, he’d never seen before leaned back in his chair and said “Yup. That’s who I thought it was.”
They then began to question him about the clock, asking him whether it was a bomb or not. Once he said no, it wasn’t a bomb, but a clock, an officer replied with “It looks like a movie bomb to me.”
Immediately following the police lead Ahmed out in handcuffs. The school suspended him for three days and the police are thinking about charging him with making a hoax bomb…
Since the story hit social media, the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed has become the number one trending topic on twitter, even causing presidential hopeful, Hilary Clinton to tweet and stand in solidarity with the 9th grader:
Assumptions and fear don't keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building. https://t.co/ywrlHUw3g1
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2015
Ahmed has started a twitter and thanked everyone for the support.
Thank you fellow supporters. We can ban together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again pic.twitter.com/fBlmckoafU
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) September 16, 2015
Hopefully Ahmed continues to build, and maybe on day America will check their Islmophbic, racist ways. Check out the video and gallery of tweets -including pics of Ahmed and the letter his high school sent home regarding the incident.