Ahmed Mohamed’s name has been popping recently on social media, and that is because the 14-year-old Texas high school student was suspended two days ago from his high school and placed into handcuffs after his teachers accused him of making a homemade bomb and then bringing it to school.
Ahmed said that over the weekend he made the homemade clock and was excited to show his teachers his project, but instead it turned into one of the worst days of his life. Teachers accused his clock of looking like a bomb even when Ahmed repeatedly told them it was a clock.
With the news about Ahmed Mohamed trending over the web, many celebrities have taken to social media to show their support for the teen who was just keeping his imagination and passion alive. President Obama is one of those who have commented on the incident that involved Ahmed, even inviting the teen to the White House with his homemade clock.
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
Hillary Clinton also took to Twitter to express her concern over the situation with Ahmed, telling him to continue being curious.
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
Many celebrities are even adopting the hashtag that has been created to show support for Ahmed, #IStandWithAhmed.
#IStandWithAhmed — stay strong little brother. you are a genius and we all support your incredible passion for innovation + technology.— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) September 16, 2015
The look on that poor kid's face as he was cuffed. #IStandWithAhmed— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) September 16, 2015
“You’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. The future belongs to people like Ahmed. Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you. Keep building.”
Ahmed took to his Twitter account to thank the many people that are standing with him and supporting him during a difficult time.
Thank you fellow supporters. We can ban together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again pic.twitter.com/fBlmckoafU— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) September 16, 2015
Ahmed sat down with the Dallas Morning News to explain the situation and how he felt during it.