Newsstands are blowing up with reports about the teenaged boy, Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested yesterday in Irving, Texas for supposedly bringing a “hoax bomb” to school.
Long story short, he designed and created a clock, brought it to school, showed it to a teacher and was subsequently arrested. Ahmed will not be charged, but he is still suspended from his school until Thursday.
“I built my clock to impress my teacher but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her. It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it,” Ahmed said according to CNN.
Understandably, Ahmed is considering transferring high schools.
People have been quick to pick sides, and Ahmed has gotten numerous messages in support of his innocence. He has been mentioned in Tweets by President Obama and Hilary Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook to give their opinions on the matter.
There were a lot of ways Ahmed could have reacted to his arrest and the events that followed, but through it all he seems to be gracious and forgiving. He even stated that he is not bothered by the fact that the police have not apologized for his arrest.
In all honesty, Ahmed is greatly benefitting from the arrest. He is getting in contact with celebrities and public figures that he most likely would never have been able to meet or even talk to. Though it was a wrong and short-sighted for the school to react the way and at the level of panic that they did, but at least there’s somewhat of a happy ending for Ahmed.