14-year-old Arrested for Engineering a Clock; Obama, Hatfield, and Zuckerberg Offer Him Opportunities

Update: Irving, Texas police has confirmed they will not be bringing charges against Ahmed Mohamed.

It’s likely you’ve seen the headlines. 14-year-old freshman Ahmed Mohamed was arrested at MacArthur High School in Texas this week for bringing an invention to school–a clock. Despite his teachers knowing it was a clock and the student claiming as such, police hauled Ahmed to a juvenile detention facility without even allowing him to call his parents. The charge? Building a “hoax bomb.”

Unsurprisingly, since the story surfaced, internet outrage has spread far and wide crying foul for discriminating against a Muslim boy for being inventive. And the story has grown so large, political and engineering mavens including President Obama, famed-astronaut Chris Hatfield, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have sent Ahmed support on social media with the slogan “IStandWithAhmed.”  In fact, Zuckerberg actually offered Ahmed a visit to Facebook’s headquarters to meet him.


While pictures of the boy’s invention have not surfaced, the hype surrounding the injustice to Ahmed is proving that innovation is something many believe should not be stifled or punished. Ahmed was also suspended by his high school after being arrested for the incident. Meanwhile, scientists, engineers, and the world’s most well-known celebrities continue sending love and support.

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