For Ahmed Mohamed, a Texas high school student, the week started quite awfully.
On Monday, this Muslim student brought to school a clock that was made on by him. He was very proud of him, but unfortunately he was arrested immediately because the police and a teacher thought it was a hoax bomb.
By mid-week, his name, his story and his face got viral on social media. On Facebook he received thousands of encouragement posts. President Barack Obama invited him to the White House and admired his love for science. He even received internships at Reddit and Twitter. MIT asked him to visit the campus and Google executives said that Ahmed has a spot at their weekend science fair.
Mark Zuckerberg invited him to visit the company’s headquarters, posting “Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed.
Ahmed was very scared
Ahmed said he was pulled out of class at MacArthur High School by five police officers and his principal, taken into a room and questioned for about an hour and a half.
When Ahmed asked if he can call his parents, the adults said: “’No, you can’t call your parents. You’re in the middle of an interrogation at the moment.”
“I felt like I was a criminal. I felt like I was a terrorist. I felt like all the names I was called.” Said the teenager. When he was in the middle school, Ahmed had been called “terrorist” and “bombmaker”.
Ahmed was transferred to another school, said his father Mohamad Elhasssan. His father immigrated to the United States from Sudan and he believes that his son was targeted because of his religion and his brown skin color. He was very up upset because the school didn’t contact him to tell him that his son was arrested. Later, the school suspended Ahmed for three days.
“I was scared at the moment, but now I feel really happy. I’m getting all this support from all over the world. And the support isn’t just for me but for everyone who has been through this. I will fight for you if you can’t stand up for yourself.” He’s thrilled to go to the White House and he is very excited of MIT.
Mayor Beth Van Dune said that the school and the police has no fault. She said that they all followed procedures.