Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teen thrust in the national spotlight after he was arrested and suspended for bringing a homemade clock to school, might have a job at Facebook waiting for him in a few years.
“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,” wrote Zuckerberg in a Facebook post. “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. Keep building.”
Zuckerberg isn’t the only one using social media to express support from Ahmed.
Both President Obama and Hillary Clinton tweeted their support earlier today.
Ahmed's sister told me to post this. Yes this situation is real for those questioning. pic.twitter.com/Oxd0JxUS6O
— Prajwol/Ru (@OfficalPrajwol) September 16, 2015
Ahmed brought what he says was an engineering project to his Irving, Texas school on Monday. According to the Dallas Morning News, Ahmed’s English teacher heard the device going off in class and took it away from him. By sixth period, Ahmed was in the process of being arrested.
He claims he was interrogated by multiple police officers, threatened, and accused a trying to build a bomb.
By Wednesday morning, Irving Police have conceded it’s not a dangerous device, but officers had determined it was a “hoax bomb” despite Ahmed’s protestations of it simply being a clock.
Irving police say no charges will be filed against Ahmed, and “the case is considered closed.” Also, “the reaction would have been the same regardless” of the student’s skin color.
But many disagree.
Ahmed is meeting with lawyers.
Going to meet my lawyer. pic.twitter.com/YCxOOeOz3Z
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) September 16, 2015