Most teenage boys enjoy sports or video games, but Ahmed Mohamed, 14, of Irving, Texas, is really into science. In fact, in addition to joining his school’s robotics club, he works on electronic devices on his own time. His most recent project was an alarm clock, which he made the mistake of taking to school.
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was arrested today for bringing a bomb to school, which would be fine- except that it was a clock. pic.twitter.com/2yowQxbnrg
— Hodor (@IsiahtheEnt) September 16, 2015
Though another teacher had recognized the clock as, well, a clock because that’s what it is, another teacher was concerned that the pencil case clock looked like a bomb. The police were called, and Ahmed was questioned, handcuffed, and taken into custody.
— WIRED (@WIRED) September 16, 2015
Upon hearing the news, many accused the school of racism and deterring students of color from enjoying science. Thankfully, many people supported Ahmed with the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed.
He was invited to visit the White House by President Barack Obama,
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
was a guest of honor at Google’s science fair,
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 22, 2015
has been invited to visit Facebook, received gifts from Microsoft and more.
As a result of his experience, Mohamed and his siblings have withdrawn from the Irving Independent School District.
— CBC News (@CBCNews) September 22, 2015
Currently, many schools are interested in having Ahmed attend. Best of luck to you, Ahmed!