After being detained and handcuffed by police officers for bringing a homemade clock to school, Ahmed Mohamed has received a personal invite to the White House.
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, a student at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX, was arrested after officials mistakenly thought he was a terrorist. The young student brought his invention, a homemade alarm clock, to school on Sept. 14, but a teacher thought the device looked suspicious. Now, President Barack Obama has extended a personal White House invite to the young inventor.
What turned out as a very scary day for a young student, has drastically changed his life. Ahmed has been invited to the White House by President Obama, after he was mistaken for a terrorist.
The President’s staff invited Ahmed to the White House via Twitter for Astronomy Night on Oct. 19, which is an event that brings together scientists, engineers, astronauts, teachers and students to spend a night stargazing from the South Lawn. So amazing and certainly deserved.
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
That’s not all. Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg invited him for a visit and Twitter offered Ahmed an internship in support.
Ahmed’s Future Looks Bright
The invention in question was an alarm clock. He made it out of a metal briefcase-style box, a digital display, wires and a circuit board, according to officials. It was obviously a lot bigger and bulkier than a standard alarm clock. It also had an array of cords, screws and various electrical components.
As for Ahmed’s aspirations, he stated in news conference following the arrest, that he’d like to appear on Shark Tank. He would without a doubt, win. In the meantime, Ahmed plans to help other students in a similar situation. He told the crowd, “Don’t let people change who you are. Even if you get consequences for it.”
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— Brittany King