Internet Rallies Around Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim Boy Arrested for Making a Clock

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Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested and interrogated by police after administrators suspected his school project was a bomb. Now, thousands are showing their support by posting photos of themselves with clocks.

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested and interrogated by police after administrators suspected his school project was a bomb. Now, thousands are showing their support by posting photos of themselves with clocks.Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was placed in handcuffs and interrogated by police for hours, after he brought a digital clock he built as a project to school. Administrators at the school suspected it was a bomb.Mohamed’s story, first published in the Dallas Morning News, has unleashed a tidal wave of support online. Using the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed, supporters are posting photos of themselves with clocks.The online reaction included tweets from Hillary Clinton and President Obama: President Obama✔ @POTUS'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.'

12:58 PM - 16 Sep 2015

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Hillary Clinton✔ @HillaryClintonAssumptions and fear don't keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building. https://twitter.com/dallasnews/status/643952536681115648

11:13 AM - 16 Sep 2015

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Mark Zuckerberg also invited Ahmed to meet him at Facebook.On Wednesday, police announced that no charges would be filed against Ahmed. Still, Larry Boyd, the police chief for Irving Texas, insisted that the device was a “hoax bomb” and not a clock, as Ahmed maintained. Boyd denied that Ahmed’s skin color was a factor in the police reaction. The case is considered closed.Ahmed and his family are considering their own legal options and were consulting with an attorney today.

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