#IStandwithAhmed: Obama and Tech World Rally Around Student Inventor
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."
Assumptions and fear don't keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building. https://t.co/ywrlHUw3g1— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2015
Software company Autodesk also extended an invitation to the Texas high schooler.
#IStandWithAhmed, b/c kids like him are the future of making things. Come by our workshop and we'll give you great new tools to work with.— Autodesk (@autodesk) September 16, 2015
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.
Hey Ahmed-we're saving a seat for you at this weekend's Google Science Fair...want to come? Bring your clock! #IStandwithAhmed— Google Science Fair (@googlescifair) September 16, 2015
Ahmed, I know you've been invited to the White House and Facebook. But, we both know you're enterprise software guy at heart. Come by Box!— Aaron Levie (@levie) September 16, 2015
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.
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.— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015