14 Year Old Muslim Boy Who Got Arrested In The US Gets Support From Obama And Mark Zuckerberg
Muslim boy arrested for bringing the clock he built to school gets the support of Obama and Mark. The news of how Ahmed was arrested and handcuffed at his school, MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, caused ripples around the world earlier today.
The 14-year-old had assembled a clock from a piece of circuit board and other things he had found in father’s garage. It had taken him less than 15 minutes. When he showed it to his engineering teacher, he was advised not to show it to anyone else in case they got the wrong impression. .
The teacher told him it looked like a bomb. The youngster said he ignored the teacher’s warning and did indeed show it to another teacher. “She said it looked a bomb, and called the police.” .
He was taken away in handcuffs and dispatched to a juvenile detention centre where they made it clear to him that the ticking device might be something much more sinister. He is currently suspended from school.
Ahmed later said: “I have lost my innocence. I can never look at the world in the same way. I like science, but I look like a threat because of my brown skin. They took me there without my parents. They made me feel like a criminal.”
His father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, who said Ahmed has more than 20 inventions, also said he believed his son had been targeted because of his name, his religion and his color. “I think it is because of Islamophobia and the [impact] of 9/11.” .
Ahmed has received a lot of support across the world with the harsh tag #Istandwithahmed trending in many countries. Obama, and the owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, have also reached out to him.