#IStandWithAhmed support for Texas teen suspended for homemade clock
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.