14- year -old Ahmed Mohamed has received an abundance of support after being arrested on Monday ( Sept. 14th) after officials assumed that the homemade clock he brought to school was a bomb. Since then, President Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and pretty much the rest of America came together in support of Ahmead. The teachers at Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas called police on Ahmead for bring a homemade electronic clock as an engineering project. Ahmead told reporters:
” I built a clock to impress my teacher but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her. It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it”.
Officer James McLellan, Irving Police spokesperson, spoke with Ahmed to gain further insight on the situation and he determined that the clock was just what Ahmed said it was—a clock.
Ahmed had received an outpouring of support including this tweet from the President Obama inviting him to the White House:
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, who has dreams of attending MIT, got an invite from Facebook founder, Mark Zukerburg, to come and meet him:
” 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.”
The hashtag, #IStandWithAhmed, began trending on Twitter yesterday (Sept. 16th). People began tweeting, using the hashtag, about Americas very transparent racial issues.
— zellie (@zellieimani) September 17, 2015
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also tweeted her support for Ahmed.
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