Obama, Zuckerberg Welcome High Schooler That Was Arrested For Bringing Homemade Clock To School

Have you heard the one about an enterprising high school student who built a clock from scratch, took it to school to show his teachers, and was subsequently arrested? Neither had we until it happened to Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, who was put in handcuffs by local authorities.

Mohamed is a maker and an inventor. He'd love to be on Shark Tank, a show where budding entrepreneurs show off their inventions to a panel of "sharks" in hopes of securing a high profile and wealthy investor to back their company or product. But instead of encouraging his curiosity, Mohamed's teachers had the student arrested and suspended him from school for three days.

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President Barack Obama invited 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed to the White House

Eager to show off his talent for building things, Mohamed brought the clock he built over the weekend to school. Expecting praise or encouragement, Mohamed, dressed in a NASA t-shirt, was put in handcuffs and interrogated by police without a lawyer or his parents present. Like his teachers, local authorities suspected that Mohamed's homemade clock was either a bomb or intentionally made to look like one.

"I was really mad," Mohamed told The Dallas Morning News while looking at a photo of himself in handcuffs. The photo spread through Twitter like wildfire. "I was like, 'Why am I here?'"


The picture of him in handcuffs and the story behind it went viral, leading to an outpouring of support on social media. It also caught the attention of high profile figures like President Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg.

"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 stated in a Twitter post.

Zuckerberg told Ahmed to "keep building" and invited him to visit Facebook's headquarters. Mohamed plans to take them both up on their offers. Meanwhile, the suspension stands as Mohamed looks for a new school to attend.

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