Invention of clock
A Texas teen gets arrested over a homemade digital clock. Social media erupts.
The 14-year-old recounts what happened in a video interview with the Morning News:
At the detention center, Ahmed was searched and fingerprinted, he said, and then awaited his parents’ arrival. “It made me feel like I wasn’t a human, like I was a criminal, ” he said.
Among the many attention-grabbing tweets was one featuring a hastily shot photo of what is said to be Ahmed‘s departure from the school in cuffs:— Anil Dash (@anildash)
Lawyers for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, along with Ahmed and his parents, reportedly were due to meet with school officials.
Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, immigrated to the U.S. from Sudan, where he returns from time to time to run for president, the Dallas paper reported.
Here’s a further sampling of the thousands of tweets so far:— farwz (@farwzaz) — Captain Kirk (@ILLCapitano94)
A broader explanation of "time keeping device"? #IStandWithAhmed— R'asclat Al Ghul (@Felonious_munk)
White kids walk in public with weapons, brown kids are arrested for building clocks.#IStandWithAhmed— The Irish Atheist (@Irish_Atheist)
And then Mohamed received an invitation to the visit the White House.
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)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg invited Mohamed for a visit as well. “Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed, ” Zuckerberg wrote.