Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old high school student from Irving, Texas was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school. “They arrested me and they told me that I committed the crime of a hoax bomb, a fake bomb,” Ahmed explained to WFAA after police released him. Ahmed has dreams of becoming an engineer and wanted to show his teacher the digital clock he had created from a pencil case.
Irving Police spokesman Officer James McLellan said, “We attempted to question the juvenile about what it was and he would simply only tell us that it was a clock.” Ahmed did that because, well, it was a clock, he said. On Wednesday, police announced that Ahmed will not be charged.
Ahmed received an invite to the White House from President Obama 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.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) September 16, 2015
Twitter showed their support for Ahmed by using the hastag #IStandWithAhmed
— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) September 16, 2015