When Texas high-school student Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade clock into school, he had no idea what the next few days would hold for him.
Teachers, thinking the clock looked like a bomb, called police and the 14 year old Muslim was arrested and placed in handcuffs.
The follow-up investigation determined that the device was a homemade experiment that was not intended to cause alarm and the charges were dropped.
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Ahmed Mohamed says, “I built the 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 the wrong impression of it, and I got arrested for it later that day.”
“I felt pretty down that no one would know about this. It made me really happy to see all these people support me and support others.”
Now, politicians, celebrities and major companies are pledging their support for Ahmed across social media.
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 (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
Assumptions and fear don't keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building. https://t.co/ywrlHUw3g1— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2015
And Ahmed’s father is one proud dad, saying, “He fixed my car, my electricity, my phone, my TV, his go-kart, my computer. It is true. He is a very smart, brilliant boy.”