#IStandwithAhmed: Obama and Tech World Rally Around Student Inventor

Texas High Schooler Arrested for Suspected 'Hoax Bomb' Clock Finds Support, Invitations to Tech HQs on Internet

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Using #IStandWithAhmed, the internet is expressing outrage over the arrest of 14-year-old high school student Ahmed Mohamed, whose hand-built clock was suspected of being a bomb.

The Dallas Morning News interviewed the high schooler, who said he was questioned and taken to a juvenile detention center under suspicion of creating a "hoax bomb." After the story hit, President Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton and tech companies expressed empathy for the student, with many saying Mr. Mohamed was profiled because he's Muslim. "Mythbusters" host Grant Imahara, as well as scientists from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Library tweeted their support using #IStandWithAhmed. At 1:00 p.m., Twitter Data reported 370,000 tweets using #IStandWithAhmed, rising at about 2,000 tweets per minute.

Mark Zuckerberg took to his Facebook page to invite Mr. Mohamed to Facebook: "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... Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I'd love to meet you. Keep building."

Software company Autodesk also extended an invitation to the Texas high schooler.

Google Science Fair, an online competition for students ages 13 to 18, also sent out an invite on Twitter. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Box founder Aaron Levie did, too.

3M also extended an invitation on Twitter:

Smartwatch maker Pebble got impassioned on Twitter.

DIY electronics and kit company Adafruit Industries weighed in, too.

And last but not least, President Obama invited the inventive high school student to Washington.

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