By: Regina Wright ~Staff Writer~
Fourteen years old and aspiring to become an engineer, Ahmed Mohammed was arrested at his high school on Sept. 14 in Irving, Texas, for building a clock and showing it to his teacher. “I built a clock to impress my teacher, but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her,” Ahmed told CNN reporters on Wednesday afternoon. “It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it.”
Ahmed’s teacher called the police believing that the alarm clock he made out of a pencil case was actually a bomb threat. He was arrested on charges of creating a fake bomb and was not released from jail until Wednesday afternoon. After Ahmed’s arrest the Twitter hashtag #IStandWithAhmed trended because many argued that Ahmed was profiled for being Muslim and unjustly arrested.
President Obama took to Twitter to support Ahmed by tweeting, “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 invited the fourteen-year-old to the White House’s annual Astronomy Night next month. Many other celebrity and political figures including Hillary Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg shared their support for Ahmed and encouraged him to keep pursuing his passion and continue building.
In a press interview, Ahmed told reporters that he will be suspended from school until Thursday and is thinking about transferring to a different school. Outrage has also spread due to how police treated Ahmed during his detainment. Ahmed was not allowed to call his father, who was only contacted when Ahmed was charged with having a fake bomb. Ahmed was also questioned without the presence of a lawyer or his father. All charges against Ahmed were dropped. He plans on attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the future.