Obama Invites Suspended Muslim Teen to White House
President Barack Obama on Wednesday invited to the White House a Texas teenager who was suspended from school for bringing a homemade clock to class which was mistaken for a bomb.
The teen, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, was arrested by Irving police on Monday and suspended from MacArthur High School, after teachers mistook his clock for a bomb.
No charges were filed against the ninth-grader, who said he built the clock because he is interested in engineering and technology.
The story went viral on social media and, by Wednesday afternoon, 730,000 tweets were made using the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed to discuss the story or show support for Mohamed.
Obama took to his personal Twitter account to invite Mohamed to show off the device at the White House.
“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,” the president tweeted.