Having creative skills and then utilizing them in the right way is the best recipe to create something new. It’s your passion which drives you to become whatever you want to. But what if you create something and then get arrested?
Yes! It’s embarrassing, way too embarrassing. But a Sudanese American Muslim teen, Ahmed Mohammad has faced this humiliation. On Monday he brings his home made clock to his school so that his teacher can check it. In the class room when another teacher watched the clock she called the Police, Ahmed was pulled out of class, interrogated by Police and then detained.
Ahmed lives in Irving, Taxes and studies in MacArthur High School, and he has a keen interest in engineering and robotics. Ahmed told the Dallas News on morning that he showed his clock to his engineering teacher who praised him and told not to show it to any other teacher in the school but in the next period his teacher listened to its beep. She called the Police and Ahmed was arrested.
Soon this issue created stir on social media and people started supporting him, consequently, he was released.
Speaking to a news conference Ahmed’s father told:
“He fixed my phone, my car, my computer. He is a very smart, brilliant kid.”
He also spoke about people’s reaction supporting his kid,
“It made me really happy to see all these people support me,” he said.
Ahmed Mohamad got support by millions of people with hashtag #IStandWithAhmed.
After the Press conference Ahmed got attention of US President Barak Obama. He invited Ahmed to the White House with his “Cool Clock” via twitter.
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
There are also some big names who praised Ahmed for his engineering. Mark Zuckerberg also invited him to visit Facebook headquarter, Mark wrote on his timeline:
““Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest,”
Hey Ahmed- we're saving a seat for you at this weekend's Google Science Fair…want to come? Bring your clock! #IStandwithAhmed
— Google Science Fair (@googlescifair) September 16, 2015
Twitter verified his account and offered an internship
— Twitter (@twitter) September 16, 2015
Even NASA praised him in this way
— NASA (@NASA) September 16, 2015
Box CEO Aaron Levie invitation was
Ahmed, I know you've been invited to the White House and Facebook. But, we both know you're enterprise software guy at heart. Come by Box!
— Aaron Levie (@levie) September 16, 2015
And from Astronauts
Hi @IStandWithAhmed ! I'd love you to join us for our science show Generator in Toronto on 28 Oct. There's a ticket waiting for you.
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) September 16, 2015
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the university he wants to study at also invited him for visit
— Dr. Chanda ?? (@IBJIYONGI) September 17, 2015
There are many social personalities are supporting Ahmed like
Assumptions and fear don't keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building. https://t.co/ywrlHUw3g1
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2015
At this point Ahmed has a lot of opportunities from silicon valley but he thinks to change his school after white house visit and also he is going to join the MIT soon.