Muslim teen arrested for homemade clock invited to the White House
An American teen, Ahmed Mohamed was arrested on Sunday for building a homemade clock.
Yes, you read that right.
Ahmed, a Muslim boy, brought the clock to school to impress his teachers.
Instead, he was arrested after teachers feared the clock to be a bomb.
After news of the incident spread, Silicon Valley personalities and politicians voiced their support for him, with US president Barack Obama even inviting the teen to the White House.
Ahmed's teacher discovered the clock when it started to beep during his English class.
As the clock had exposed wires and circuits, his teacher thought it looked like a bomb.
The police were called into the Texas school and Ahmed was then arrested.
While the charges have since been dropped, he remains suspended until Thursday.
Meanwhile, the school has sent out a letter to parents of students at the school. No apology was made.
In a press conference earlier today, Ahmed said that he would be transferring schools after this incident.
Ahmed has also been receiving a lot of support, especially on social media, from high profile personalities including US President Barack Obama, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and presidential candidate Hilary Clinton.
Obama has also invited Ahmed to the White House, an invitation that Ahmed has eagerly accepted.
A host of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have also invited him to their offices.
Twitter is offering Ahmed an internship.
Ahmed said at a press conference: "I never thought I'd get this far, but since I have, I will try my best to help every other kid in the world who has a problem like this."
He also encouraged other young people to keep working on their inventions despite any negative conequences. He said: "Don't let people change who you are... even if you get consequences for it."
The teenager loves building things and his other projects include a pair of Bluetooth speakers that he built.
He also intends to patent an invention that harnesses power through neodymium magnets, one of the strongest types of permanent magnets commercially available. It is the magnet that is used most in real-life applications like locks for doors.
Sources: Vox, The Verge, Twitter, Facebook