Texas ninth grader Ahmed Mohamed was arrested after his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb. Here’s what you need to know. (The Washington Post)
Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed just wanted to get noticed by his teachers.
Instead, he got arrested.
In an incident that has raised allegations of racism and made a Texas school district the target of online outrage, the ninth-grader was pulled out of school in handcuffs after a digital clock he built himself was mistaken for a bomb.
On Wednesday, Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said that Mohamed would not be charged with any wrongdoing.
“We have no evidence to support that there was an intention to create alarm or cause people to be concerned,” Boyd said during a news conference after news of Mohamed’s arrest prompted a national outcry.
And the story of Mohamed’s arrest has made its way across the Internet and all the way to the White House.
“I’m the person who built a clock and got in a lot of trouble for it,” the jittery and smiling ninth-grader said during a press conference outside of his home after his arrest became national news.
[Why a ninth-grader’s arrest over a home-built clock struck a chord across America]
Messages of support from President Obama, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have buoyed the young man. He said on Wednesday evening that he was grateful for the support for his “movement” and he hoped to attend MIT.
Mohamed said it felt “outstanding” to receive so much support.
“I never thought it would get this far,” he added.
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, a self-assured kid with thick-framed glasses and a serious expression, had just started at MacArthur High School a few weeks ago. The Irving, Tex., ninth-grader has a talent for tinkering — he constructs his own radios and once built a Bluetooth speaker as a gift for his friend — and he wanted to show his new teachers what he could do. So on Sunday night, he quickly put together a homemade digital clock (“just …Read More