Ahmed Mohamed gets support from Obama, Mark Zuckerberg after arrest over homemade clock
Two days after Texas high school student Ahmed Mohamed was placed in handcuffs after teachers thought a homemade clock he brought to school looked like a bomb, the 14-year-old is getting a show of support from celebrities and public figures — including President Obama.
In a message posted Wednesday on Twitter, the president told Mohamed, “We should inspire more kids like you to like science” and extended an invitation to the White House.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg also posted a message inviting the teen to visit Facebook’s headquarters and declaring, “the future belongs to people like Ahmed.”
Others who tweeted support for Mohamed included Hillary Clinton, Questlove, and Russell Simmons.
Many others voiced support for Mohamed online, using the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed. Police said Wednesday they won’t be seeking charges against him, and the teen thanked supporters from his own Twitter account.
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