Muslim teenager Ahmed Mohamed arrested for clock, gets White House, Facebook, Twitter invite
Ahmed Mohamed, son of a Sudanese immigrant in US had never thought that his trouble will end in all round appreciation and he will become an instant hit across the world. The boy who was arrested for taking a homemade clock to school â€“he had actually made the clock himself at his home all by himself â€“was put in a juvenile home and all sorts of crap charges were leveled against him.
But things changed suddenly as his story came into focus on social media. Since then he is going viral on social networking sites and search engines. He has also got invitations from White House with President Barack Obama actually showering praise for him. Other invitations include those coming from Marck Zuckerburg to visit Twitter and NASA. Twitter, in the meantime, also asked him to intern with the social media giant with more than 500 million users.
The only â€˜crimeâ€™ that Ahmed Mohamed had committed was the fact that he had taken a homemade clock to school. Now the young boy has become the face of a global campaign supporting scientific curiosity.
The issue hogged the limelight across the US and beyond too. US President Barack Obama, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg besides many are among those who have come out in support of Ahmed Mohamed. Mohamed was taken to a juvenile detention centre after teachers and police officers said they believed his clock could have been used in a bomb.
His father has said that what caused his arrest was his name. The boy from Irving in Texas has become a rallying point for people fighting against religious and racial discrimination in the US. On the other hand the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed is going viral and has been trending worldwide on Twitter.
President Obama in a tweent said, â€œCool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science…â€ Facebook CEO Zuckerberg asked him to drop in at the Facebook headquarters saying, â€œYouâ€™ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14-year-old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he took it to school. Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest.â€