Ahmed Mohamed: Barack Obama invites detained Muslim teenager to take his clock to the White House

Invite comes after teen was detained and handcuffed after taking clock to school

Andrew Buncombe
Wednesday 23 September 2015 09:32
Comments
'Cool clock,' Barack Obama tweeted
'Cool clock,' Barack Obama tweeted

President Barack Obama has voiced his support for the 14-year-old Muslim teenager arrested by police after taking a homemade clock to school.

As reports said police from Irving, Texas, had decided they would not charge Ahmed Mohamed with making a hoax bomb - as his family had been told they might - Mr Obama invited the teenager to take his clock to the White House.

"Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?," he said.

"We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great."

Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for taking his homemade clock to school in Texas

The teenager told The Independent that he had lost his innocence after being detained by police and that he had been made to feel like a criminal. “I like science, but I look like a threat because of my brown skin," he said.

As outcry over his arrest grew, people voiced their support for the youngster on twitter using the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in