Arrested for building clock, 14-year-old Ahmed finds fans in Obama, Mark Zuckerberg

Arrested for building a clock from scratch, 14-year-old Ahmed has got invitations from President Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter and MIT.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 17, 2015 4:15 pm
Ahmed, Ahmed clock, Irving, 14 year old boy arrested, clock bomb, school arrest, ahmed arrested, barack obama ahmed, Facebook, MIT, TWitter, News, US News, US arrest, Fourteen-year-old Ahmed was arrested after his teacher found his homemade clock suspicious. AP Photo

Fourteen-year-old MacArthur High School freshman Ahmed Mohamed was arrested by the Irving police after his school teacher suspected a clock that he built from scratch to be a bomb.

His school district spokeswoman Lesley Weaver said officials were concerned with student safety and not the boy’s Muslim faith. His teacher, apparently, found the homemade clock similar in appearance to a bomb and therefore alerted the police. However, Ahmed has found immense support from across the world. Pictures of him sporting a NASA t-shirt and in handcuffs have gone viral. While social media was abuzz condemning the arrest, the 14-year-old found fans in his President, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter, which has offered him an internship.

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President Obama tweeted about the incident, saying kids should be inspired to grow a liking for science. He invited Ahmed to the White House.

Ahmed was invited to participate in an astronomy night the White House is organising next month with leading scientists.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest called the episode involving Ahmed Mohamed a “teachable moment,” adding the invitation was offered as a way for Ahmed to “nurture that intellectual curiosity.”

On his Facebook page, Mark Zukerberg said the future belonged to people like Ahmed who should be applauded for their efforts.

“You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he took it to school.

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. Keep building.”

Ahmed, who now has a verified Twitter handle @IStandWithAhmed, has an internship offer from Twitter and an invitation from MIT. He is also likely to get a full scholarship at MIT.

Ahmed told reporters on Wednesday that he remains suspended from school until Thursday. He told reporters during a news conference on Wednesday afternoon that he plans to transfer to “any other school.”

“So I guess everyone knows I’m the person who built a clock and got in a lot of trouble for it,” Ahmed said, addressing the crowd of reporters outside of his home.

“I built a clock to impress my teacher, but when I showed it to her she thought it was a threat to her. So it was really sad that she took a wrong impression of it, and I got arrested for it later that day,” he was quoted as saying.

Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd, whose team arrested the boy and put him in handcuffs, says he won’t press charges, but that the clock that Ahmed built looked “suspicious in nature.”

Mohamed Ahmed, Irving, Clock bomb This photo provided by the Irving Police Department shows the homemade clock that Ahmed Mohamed brought to school. AP Photo

With agency inputs

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    Rim
    Sep 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm
    Answer me ? If not defending them but simple question. Majority 90 person muslims are killed around the work inclusde middle east Asia etc .. Muslims are suffering through all internal war .. and bombing and all happening in their locality .. but still we are blaming muslims that they are culprit ?? imean are we really seeing the issue or we just hate them??
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      Rim
      Sep 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm
      I was reading comments yesterday on this topic ,, they all almost want to hang this kid but when all biggies Obama ,, Mark Z etc encourage him they disappear.. Without knowing any facts Muslim hai tou mardo .. here is what Obama tweet.. Cool watch Ahmed, Want to bring it to White House? we should inspire more kids like you to like science. Its waht makes America great!! Difference in our mentality ,, people are heading towards moon and we are ye ban woh ban, he is muslim he is hindi he sikh he is Christian.. from last couple of years instead of thinking about development we are thinking like s !!! Wakki Wakki guys time to change you thinking ,, or else world will start counting us in the list of stan afghan etc
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      1. Ajay Ajay
        Sep 17, 2015 at 8:07 am
        I would say, teacher was never wrong, She did her duty...Police should have been more restraint in handling a 14 year boy......the boy was in wrong place in a wrong moment, but allz well that endz well
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          Barbara
          Sep 18, 2015 at 11:43 pm
          Agreed 100%. As you sow so you reap---Muslims should think this age old proverb.
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            Karunakaran
            Sep 17, 2015 at 2:37 pm
            Ahmed is too young to know that an invention should never be shown to a female teacher. Female teachers have never invented anything by themselves, nor do they understand the meaning of inventions. All they know is to buy well-known products from well-known manufacturers sold at the shops.
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