Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested over clock ‘bomb’ to visit Obama soon!
A Muslim teenager, Ahmed Mohamed was widely talked about and gained global attention after being arrested for bringing a clock he made to his high school in Irving, Texas.
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, the son of Sudanese immigrants, was handcuffed by police after his clock was mistaken for a bomb by staff at MacArthur High School in Irving. Ahmed brought a homemade clock to school to show off to his teachers the school officials were suspicious of the Muslim student and called the police.
The police handcuffed the teenager in front of his peers and detained him for hours without his parents’ knowledge.
The boy said the experience was “scary” but nothing would stop his passion for inventing, telling Good Morning America: “This isn’t my first invention and it won’t be my last invention.”
Outrage over the incident — with many saying the student was profiled because he’s Muslim — spread on social media as #IStandWithAhmed started trending worldwide on Twitter with more than 100,000 tweets Tuesday morning. The school’s Facebook page is roiling with sharp criticism of the way the teen was treated, and the hashtag #engineersforahmed is gaining popularity.
After a picture of Ahmed in handcuffs appeared on social media the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed was shared more than a million times, including by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The Teenager says arrest will not stop his passion for inventing as Mark Zuckerberg invited him to Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, said: “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.”
To top it all, the young lad will be meeting President Barack Obama very soon.
Mr Obama said on Twitter: “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.”
Ahmed said he was very excited to meet the president and would be even happier to visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The teenager also received an offer to do work experience at Twitter.
He said police had still not returned his clock so he might not be able to bring it to the White House. Ahmed said: “I hope to see him (Mr Obama) soon. I want it (the clock) back, with my humility.”