2015 Sep 17
A 14-year-old student was arrested after he brought a homemade clock to school that teachers thought looked too much like a bomb.
Ahmed Mohamed likes to make electronics as a hobby, and he said that when he was showing his new project to teachers he made it clear that it was a clock.
However, the kid was arrested and taken in as reported after later he was released without compensation.
The scenario created major controversy in the country with people starting to stand against this “in-human un-lawful act” as described by most people on social media.
The hashtag #IStandWithAhmed has gone viral since the teen’s release from custody, and President Obama even tweeted an invite to bring the clock 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
Zuckerberg also invited Mohamed to come by Facebook’s headquarters:
Mohamed was wearing a NASA T-shirt when he was arrested, prompting many astronauts to reach out to the teen and encourage him to continue pursuing science:
Hi @IStandWithAhmed ! I'd love you to join us for our science show Generator in Toronto on 28 Oct. There's a ticket waiting for you.
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) September 16, 2015
Mohamed thanked his supporters with a snapchat screenshot through his newly setup twitter account which his sister decided to make for him following his overnight popularity.
Mohameds family may have a few places to visit if he does opt in to take the invitations to the DC and California.
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