Ahmed Mohammed, 14, was arrested, handcuffed, and interrogated for bringing a homemade clock that was believed to be a bomb.
The arrest has received widespread condemnation as an act of stereotyping.
Meanwhile, the tech world has rallied behind the teenager. He received not only words of encouragement, but invites to spend time with some of the biggest names in tech, and the biggest name in power, Obama.
Here’s what the President of The United States said:
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.
Not only did Twitter verify his newly opened Twitter account, they offered him an internship position.
How do I get in touch with Ahmed? We () wanna intro him to some of our friends in science (+ internship?) http://buff.ly/1F2NYxI
And there’s Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg who posted on his Facebook page;
“You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he took it to school.
Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed.
Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you. Keep building.”
Support came from lots more other people and places, including Foursquare, Hillary Clinton, and some top shots at NASA.
Culled from: http://pulse.ng/viral/istandwithahmed-arrested-teen-garners-support-from-silicon-valley-white-house-id4175468.html