Recently images of Ahmed mohamed being wrongly arrested went viral after teachers mistook his homemade clock for a bomb on Monday.
But now 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed is set for a visit to the White House after Barrack Obama was moved by his story.
The budding scientist was pictured handcuffed as he was taken by police from MacArthur High School, in Irving, Texas.
Teachers feared that the homemade clock he brought in to school that day could have been an explosive device and alerted police.
However once his innocence was proved, a backlash against authorities for handcuffing the 14-year-old followed, with police and teachers accused of harmfully stereotyping against Ahmed, who is Muslim.
Obama tweeted: “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.”
He was also praised by Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
Mark Zuckerberg is desperate to meet Ahmed
The science whizz-kid brought the clock in to show his engineering teacher.
However later that day, an English teacher heard the clock beeping and panicked, causing school bosses to alert the authorities.
Ahmed was then arrested, handcuffed and taken to a police station with it thought he would be charged over a suspected bomb prank.
US President Barrack Obama shows his support for Ahmed Mohamed
But he has now been cleared, and told supporters who shared his story online that he may never attend the school again after the incident.
He added that he is still suspended from the school, and that police officers still have his clock.
Ahmed said: “Thank you to all my supporters on Twitter, Facebook , and social media.
“I would never have got this far if it wasn’t for you guys. Not just you guys, but everybody.”
And it’s not just Obama who is desperate to meet Ahmed.
Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook: “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.”
Ahmed Mohamed wanted to show off his engineering skills to his teacher – but he was then arrested
Even NASA American systems engineer Bobak Ferdoswi said he was impressed by Ahmed.
He wrote: “Hey Ahmed, give me a call in a couple years. We could always use smart, curious & creative people.”
However the Mayor of Irving Beth Van Duyne said she felt the police and school bosses had done nothing wrong.
She said: “I do not fault the school or the police for looking into what they saw as a potential threat.
“They have procedures to run when a possible threat or criminal act is discovered.
“They follow these procedures in the sole interest of protecting our children and school personnel.
“To the best of my knowledge, they followed protocol for investigating whether this was an attempt to bring a Hoax Bomb to a school campus.
Barack Obama: The president has invited Ahmed to the White House
“Following this investigation, Irving PD has stated no charges will be filed against the student.
“I hope this incident does not serve as a deterrent against our police and school personnel from maintaining the safety and security of our schools.”
And Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said the clock “was certainly suspicious in nature”.
Speaking at a press conference, he added: “The student showed the device to a teacher, who was concerned that it was possibly the infrastructure for a bomb.
“The follow-up investigation revealed the device apparently was a homemade experiment, and there’s no evidence to support the perception he intended to create alarm.
“We live in an age where you can’t take things like that to school.”
Following President Obama’s tweet of support for Ahmed, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said: “The president like many of us was struck by the news reports of this particular incident.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama may be welcoming Ahmed soon
“In this instance, it’s clear that at least some of Ahmed’s teachers failed him.
“That’s too bad. But it’s not too late for all of us to use this as a teachable moment. And to search our own conscious for biases in whatever form they take.
This story is a good illustration of how pernicious stereotypes can prevent even goodhearted people who dedicated their lives to educating young people from doing the good work that they set out to do.
Source : www.mirror.co.uk