President Obama Praises Irving Teen for Clock, Invites Him to the White House
A story broke Wednesday about Irving, Texas teenager Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested for a clock he made which school officials believed to be a bomb.
Shortly after, President Barack Obama issued a statement on his Twitter account praising the teen and inviting him to 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) September 16, 2015
Mohamed is a 14-year-old freshman at Irving MacArthur High School who says he likes to build things. He built the clock Sunday night and took it to school Monday. Despite being just a homemade clock, teachers at the school called police thinking it was a bomb.
There has been national outrage over the 14-year-old being handcuffed and arrested, with many believing it was based on his ethnicity and Muslim religion.
(via The Houston Chronicle)