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14 Year Old Muslim Boy Wrongly Arrested for Bringing Homemade Clock to School | Gets invited to the White House by Obama

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Ahmed Arrested14 year old Ahmed Mohamed did what many parents want their children to do – be innovative and creative. He crafted a homemade clock and excitedly brought it to his school in Texas to show his engineering teacher.

Unfortunately, his teacher at MacArthur High School did not share his excitement as school officials alerted police because they thought the device was a “hoax bomb”. When the clock was discovered, he was removed from his class, interviewed by teachers and then placed in juvenile detention. The Police was also called.

When the Police arrived, they made a surprising move – they arrested Ahmed. He was placed in handcuffs and fingerprinted!

The move has been criticized by people all around the world using the Hashtag – #IstandwithAhmed

Now, the Police in Ahmed’s town have decided not to press charges.

During a press conference, Ahmed explained that he plans to transfer to a new school and tells the story in his own words “I built a clock to impress my teacher but when I showed it to her she thought it was a threat to her. I’m very sad that she got the wrong impression of it.

Ahmed’s father who is originally from Sudan had this to say “He’s a very smart, brilliant boy and he said he just wanted to show himself to the world.“. Other family members are claiming Ahmed was arrested because of his name. An accusation which has been denied by the Police.

While the story is certainly disappointing, there is a bright side, Ahmed has been invited to the White House by President Obama!

30 Comments

  1. Grown Woman

    September 17, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Wow God is great….some of these Americans think every foreigner especially being a muslim is a terrorist.Very sad.

    • ATL's finest

      September 17, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      I know right! Now he met Pres.Obama and did the cops? Nope idiotic police. BTW, the boy is too handsome

  2. SM

    September 17, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Now that’s a Leader. Whatsup wiv ds Ndi oyibo olokpa arresting blacks and Muslims biko?

  3. uyai

    September 17, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Good one. he has created opportunity for himself. Never stop learning. Be creative

  4. Umar Godwin

    September 17, 2015 at 8:39 am

    it is amazing in this age.

  5. michael

    September 17, 2015 at 8:47 am

    amazing kid. i would love to buy that clock.

  6. Crisp

    September 17, 2015 at 8:50 am

    My question is: what will you do if one of your students bearing an Islamic name walks up to you with a “handmade clock” that looks like an explosive? Hug him maybe! you really need to have a look at the hand made clock online before crucifying the teacher and police. The thing looks scary, But I must say the boy is a genius and should be helped. it’s difficult to tell good from evil, I am not justifying labelling Or stereotyping but we like it or not on the “red flag risk table” some people rank higher than others in different things, and that’s going by present day statistics and history. It’s sad but that’s how it is. Now if I find myself in Peckham and I witness an argument involving two black group consisting of teenage boys I will take cover and alert the police immediately.my first guess will be “black gangs”. Now it’s left for them to convince the police otherwise. Prevention is better than cure! Watch your back you might save a soul.

    • ola

      September 17, 2015 at 11:48 am

      They called the police but never bothered to evacuate the building…..lol

    • Manny

      September 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      I’m glad he gets to meet Obama. Mark zuckerberg too! Crisp, you raise a good point about being cautious based on precedence ie terrorist attacks. But it doesn’t excuse the school’s behavior.. The police too, they are not supposed to handcuff and interrogate a juvenile without a parent or a lawyer present. They did it because they didn’t give a damn about that boy’s rights and because of his name/religion.
      A high sch is the US is more likely to be attacked by a white boy and I actually believe that a homemade clock in the possession of a white boy may have raised some alarm too but I doubt things would have escalated to the white boy being interrogated and fingerprinted.

  7. ElessarisEllendil

    September 17, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Hold up!! The handcuffed a child??? That’s just absurd!!!! African and American police be more like your British and German counterparts e no hard nah.
    I know Obama is cool and all, but something about tweeting it makes it seem less genuine to me, like he’s trading on the boy for political expediency.

  8. Julie

    September 17, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Ahmed ur enemy want to bring u down bt God says no my child show the world what u r made of . nice one.

    • nene+

      September 17, 2015 at 9:53 am

      So sorry Ahmed, it almost brought tears to me what the stupid terrorist have caused Muslims!

      A child who suffered stereotype! Sorry Ahmed and I think Obama just diffused the tension!

      Shame and woe unto you terrorist! You bring shame unto the innocent muslim.
      Even tho its good to be cautious the anti bomb detectors should have been invited discreetly instead of the “happy handcuff police”

      I think Obama tweet will assuage the anger of Muslim. #IamwithAhmed#

  9. Sugar

    September 17, 2015 at 10:01 am

    When God wants to uplift a man, he sometimes uses the negative situation to bring him to limelight. This is just like the story of Joseph who was sold into slavery and eventually became a Prime Minister even in a foreign land.
    Now, this boy will gain free access to White house

    • Sugar

      September 17, 2015 at 10:11 am

      And this is also a post from
      Mark Zuckerberg:
      You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he took it to school.
      Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed.

      Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you. Keep building.

    • or

      September 17, 2015 at 10:32 am

      I doubt your love for a man in Texas when you can’t love your fellow Nigerian who is Ibo with the rubbish you posted about P square!

      Gerarahere now!!!!!!!!!

    • Melanin

      September 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      My thoughts exactly! GOD wanted to announce him.

  10. Tot

    September 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

    This is what terrorism has turned the world to.
    Sometimes a case of better done than sorry. WHAT IF it had indeed been a bomb, would we have preferred the teacher not to take any action in the name of not “offending” anyone. Safety first abeg.

    • Marian

      September 17, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Was just about to write this. I probably would have raised an alarm too even if the kid was Caucasian with an American name.

  11. Lady Mo!

    September 17, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Ahmed just became a star overnight! see silicon valley execs that wanna meet him… and his clock!
    wired.com/2015/09/heres-bomb-clock-got-ahmed-mohamed-arrested/.

  12. Bella

    September 17, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Better the US pick him up & reward him before the terrorists do.

  13. whocares

    September 17, 2015 at 10:34 am

    @crips – Ahmed’s clock does look suspect yes, but not much so that any rudimentary invention.. If a white student had this would they call the Police? That is the first question we should ask. So many white nerds who carry even more wirings on their person. If they had that and showed their teacher the first instinct would not be fear, but curiosity. They have the “stereotypical white nerd look” they get a pass. I do not think anyone would call the police if Ahmed was your stereotypical white nerd kid and that is the problem. If Ahmed was James, the response would have been “Oh what do you have their James” and James would be hailed a genius, and eventually make the local paper.. Your name is Ahmed and you do the same? SNM. Prevention is better than cure yes, but not when one sect is designated as the people to be fear and another the “protected”.

  14. ola

    September 17, 2015 at 11:47 am

    They called the police but never bothered to evacuate the building…..lol

  15. Amyezra

    September 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Not all Muslims are terrorist,all of the nation theirs are bad and good hoping that no more this happen anymore by the way please check out this wonderful video about mini importation business youtube.com/watch?v=hCXoGi-1avQ

  16. Truth

    September 17, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    If you think that clock looks like a bomb. Go back to the stone age.

  17. Puzzles

    September 17, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    1. What a cute brainy boy!

    2. His name is Ahmed and he is not a terrorist.

  18. Angiee

    September 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I want to see the clock. Where is the clock? Show us the clock.

  19. SAGIR SHEHU

    September 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Well that is god wishes,that is how we will know that what ever god say you will be you must be thanks to GOD that they did not molest him in the name of terrorist,may Almighty GOD give our children more wisdom to create Ameennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn long live AFRICA

  20. Tosin

    September 17, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    somebody shout hallelujah
    – famous Naija leader

  21. Lou

    September 17, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    The look on his face with the handcuffs is heart breaking

    • Pat

      September 18, 2015 at 5:21 am

      Very heart breaking 🙁

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