Schoolboy arrested & was taken away in handcuffs for bringing homemade clock to school. Bcoz the teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb. President Barack Obama congratulated & tweeted- “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,”. White House, Google and Facebook on Wednesday invited Ahmed to personally meet & support him.
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. 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.”