Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Muslim boy who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, has received an overflow of support through social media, even garnering the attention of democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who all sent direct words of encouragement to the teen.
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
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
Mohamed even has his own hashtag, #IStandWithAhmed under which users are applauding his creativity, skill, and apparent thirst for knowledge.
Watch his own recount of the incident below.
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People in the science and technology community, public figures, celebrities, activists and more are banding together to encourage Mohamed and condemn the school administration and police department for their handling of the situation.
In a press conference held today the teen had this to say;
"I’m the person who built a clock and got in a lot of trouble for it … Don’t let people change who you are.”
#IStandWithAhmed cause I was once a brown kid in the south too. Plus sure he'll lead an amazing life & I'm trying to get in the bio pic game— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) September 16, 2015
I suspect Ahmed will learn more by building stuff at home during his 3 day suspension than he will learn all year at school #StandWithAhmed— Tom Greever (@tomgreever) September 16, 2015
I hope Ahmed gets a great lawyer, sues the school, and pays for college with it :) #standwithahmed— Patrick Stanton (@Pat_the_S) September 16, 2015
#IStandWithAhmed because he wasn't carrying anything dangerous, like skittles or iced tea.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) September 16, 2015
There were no charges filed against Mohamed after it was determined the device was, indeed, just a clock. Mohamed and his family are reportedly planning to take legal action against the local police department and school district.