Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim student from Irving, Texas, was proud of the clock (pictured above) he built to bring to class. But instead of being praised by his teachers, he was handcuffed because they suspected it was a bomb to blow up the place.
Now, some of the top leaders in the U.S. are coming forward on social media to show their support, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg. #IStandWithAdhmed, meanwhile, is a top trending hashtag on Twitter as of Wednesday afternoon.
“They arrested me and they told me that I committed the crime of a hoax bomb, a fake bomb,” the freshman later said to WFAA.
“She was like, it looks like a bomb,” he told the Dallas News about the principal’s decision. He added, “It doesn’t look like a bomb to me.”
Here’s a round-up of just some of those reactions.
Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, took to his social media site to add his two cents.
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.
Hillary Clinton, a top contender for the Democratic nomination for president tweeted about the incident.
President Barack Obama also tweeted about the incident, offering Ahmed an invitation to the White House:
Others, too, took to the Internet to show their support: