A Texan high school student was arrested after authorities mistook his clock invention for a fake bomb at MacArthur high school in Irving, Texas.
A visit to the headmasters office followed after staff became suspicious about the students invention. The police were called and the 14-year-old was led away in handcuffs and fingerprinted in a room with five officers.
No charges have been filed but Ahmed has been suspended from school until Thursday.
At a press conference outside his home on Wednesday, Ahmed told reporters: “I built the 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 a wrong impression of it.”
The student got a reprieve from the highest level on Wednesday when President Obama invited him to bring his invention to the White House. "Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? ," he tweeted.
"We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great."
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 (@POTUS44) September 16, 2015
Mark Zuckerburg also had an invitation for Ahmed, telling him if he ever wanted to come by Facebook he’d love to meet him.
Ahmed has been getting a lot of online support in recent days and thanked his supporters with a tweet from his account. "We can ban together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again," he tweeted.
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
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