A 14-year-old boy was arrested in Irving, Texas, after his teacher mistook his homemade digital clock for an explosive device. Now, he has a few other platforms to show off his inventions.
President Obama extended a casual White House invite to Ahmed Mohamed in a tweet after the teenager’s story made its rounds on social media. Obama said, “We should inspire more kids like you to like science.”
Obama wasn’t alone. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the account for Google’s online global science competition both sent invites to Ahmed, showing their support for his interest in technology. (Video via Google)
After his arrest, Ahmed spoke to news outlets about what happened.
"It was the first time I brought an invention to school to show to a teacher," Mohamed said.
"Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed rebuilt a digital clock over the weekend." (Video via WFAA)
"They searched me until my parents came, and I got to leave the building and the station. I went home and talked to my parents about it because I couldn't call my parents during the interrogation," Mohamed told the Dallas Morning News.
According to WFAA, the Irving police chief has since said no evidence "supports [the] perception he intended to create alarm" and said no charges would be filed.
But it appears there will be a case anyway: According to a Twitter account Ahmed and his family now run, they're in touch with a lawyer.
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