Obama, Zuckerberg and MIT invitations for budding engineer arrested over ‘bomb’ clock
29 September 2015
More than 700,000 people have taken to Twitter to support Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old student who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb.
Ahmed brought the clock into MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, to show his engineering teacher. After another teacher saw it, police were called and Ahmed was questioned, handcuffed and placed in juvenile detention.
No charges were filed. The police later acknowledged that Ahmed’s work was not dangerous. Those on social media who feel that the event was unjust and racially motivated have used #IStandWithAhmed to show their support.
Some of the best tweets included:
- “Here’s what scares me. A science teacher who doesn’t recognize science.”
- “Your goal was to impress your teacher, ended up impressing the world! Keep building, Keep inventing.”
- “In all fairness, a clock might seem threatening to a bunch of people stuck in the past”
An Arab-looking man of Syrian descent in a garage w/his accomplice building what appears to be a bomb. Arrest them. pic.twitter.com/2i4f5PT0EB
— Omar Ghabra (@omarghabra) September 16, 2015