Update: Here’s the latest press conference with Ahmed Mohamed:
Islamophobia ran amok on Monday with the arrest and interrogation of 14 year old aspiring inventor, Ahmed Mohamed. Mohamed brought a homemade clock to school to impress his teacher at MacArthur High in Irving, Texas, but instead of encouraging words his teacher and principal called in the police. Mohamed was then interrogated without his parents present, handcuffed and hauled down to the local juvenile detention. Ahmed Mohamed is Muslim. His teacher thought his clock was a bomb. After Mohamed’s arrest went viral, and by Tuesday night it spiraled into a tidal wave of support. His arrest made national news this morning and the rest is history. We’re watching it unfold today:
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
Expect to see a lot more more clocks today!
Ordinary people are getting in on the action:
Events are moving so fast The Dallas Morning News has set up a liveblog covering events. This is going to be fun to watch, we love all the support this boy has received. As events unfold, let’s hope this becomes a transformational moment for our country. I’m likely not alone thinking maybe it’s time for Irving police and school officials to be interrogated. After all, in Texas, students are allowed to carry concealed handguns on college campuses. But if you’re Muslim, homemade clocks are off limits? Listen to Ahmed tell his story.
Now top trending hashtag on twitter, Ahmed Mohamed’s story has gone international. Here’s The Dallas Morning News new video from Family adjusting to Ahmed Mohamed’s sudden fame as police announce no charges for clock deemed ‘hoax bomb’:
Watch the explosion: Update: Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director @ CAIR Chicago tweets a crowdfunding campaign has been set up for Ahmed’s scholarship, “The funds will be used to help Ahmed further his education and to help other curious students like him interested in STEM fields”
Thanks to Gamal