IRVING, Texas (KMSP) - A Texas teenager is receiving an outpouring of support on social media after he was suspended Monday when one of his teachers thought the homemade clock he had brought to school resembled a bomb.
14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, a freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving, was taken out of class and questioned by police after teachers and administrators thought the homemade clock he built and brought to school looked suspicious. Mohamed was handcuffed and taken to a juvenile detention center, the Dallas Morning News reported. He was later released to his parents.
Irving Police said Wednesday they will not file charges against Mohamed for what they described as a “hoax bomb.” Police now consider the case closed.
News of the incident went viral on social media, with many national figures, including President Barack Obama, showing their support of Mohamed using the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed on Facebook and Twitter. The hashtag was a top United States trend on the sites Wednesday afternoon.
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
You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he...Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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
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
Going to meet my lawyer. pic.twitter.com/YCxOOeOz3Z— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) September 16, 2015