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Obama invites muslim sch boy arrested after he made clock mistaken for bomb to White House

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, recieves support from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg after he was arrested when the homemade clock he brought to school was mistaken for a bomb

Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old boy arrested in Texas for making a homemade clock that teachers mistook for a bomb, has recieved messages of support and encouragement from some of America's most powerful figures.

President Barack Obama invited him to the White House to show off his invention in person, with Mark Zuckberg extending an invitation to Facebook and Hillary Clinton also offering praise.

"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," Mr Obama wrote Wednesday on Twitter.

Since his arrest became public, there has been a public outcry over concerns that Ahmed was treated with such suspicion by police and his teachers because he is a Muslim.

Ahmed, who is a student at MacArthur High School in Texas, is enthusiastic about technology and made a clock to show his engineering teacher in his first few days of high school.

His engineering teacher advised him not to show any other teachers, so Ahmed kept the clock in his school bag. After hearing beeping in the middle of a lesson, Ahmed’s English teacher asked him to remove what was in the bag.

“She was like, it looks like a bomb,” Ahmed told US media.

Later that afternoon, the principal and a police officer pulled Ahmed out of class and interrogated him with four other police officers.

Ahmed said that one of the officers who he had never seen before said “Yup. That’s who I thought it was.”

The officers were convinced that Ahmed was trying to make a bomb and were sceptical when he continued to claim it was just a clock. His belongings were searched and the principal threatened to expel him.

He was led hand-cuffed out of school and sent to a juvenile detention centre. Reports say he has been suspended for three days.

Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, who emigrated from Sudan, claims that his son was mistreated “because his name is Mohamed and because of September 11”.

He says his son “just wants to invent good things for mankind”.

Mrs Clinton joined Mr Obama in expressing support for Ahmed on Twitter.

"Assumptions and fear don't keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building," she wrote Wednesday.

Mr Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook that: "The future belongs to people like Ahmed."

Police spokesman James McLellan defended the arrest.

“It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car. The concern was, what was this thing built for? Do we take him into custody?”

Alia Salem from The Council on American-Islamic Relations said “I think this wouldn’t even be a question if his name wasn’t Ahmed Mohamed”.

As the news of what happened spread, outraged social media users created the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed to show support for Ahmed.

Ahmed said on Wedneday that he would not be taking future inventions into school.

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