6 Powerful People Have Taken a Stand for Ahmed Mohamed

September 16th 2015

Kyle Jaeger

By now, you might have heard about Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old student who was suspended and arrested on Monday after school officials in Irving, Texas, suspected him of making a hoax bomb—which was actually just a homemade clock that the aspiring engineer made the night before.

Ahmed made the device in an effort to display his talents as an inventor. He joined the robotics club in middle school and makes radios and repairs go-karts as a hobby in his spare time, as Dallas News reported. But when the device made a beeping sound in one of his classes, he showed the teacher the clock—and by sixth period, he was escorted to a room where four police officers and the principal were waiting to interrogate him.

The responses to #IStandWithAhmed are worth your praise.

Posted by ATTN: on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"Yup. That’s who I thought it was," one officer reportedly remarked when Ahmed was brought into the room. The principal also allegedly threatened to expel the student if he did not provide a written statement, and in a statement released on Monday, the school declined to provide additional information about the circumstances that led to the student's arrest.

"Unfortunately, the information that has been made public to this point is very unbalanced," Irving Independent School District wrote. "We would provide additional factual information about the situation; however, we feel it’s important to protect the student’s right to privacy and we will abide by FERPA, the federal law that protects student information."

Though the story of Ahmed's arrest has troubled many who argue that the student was profiled, accused of making a bomb because of the color of his skin, his Muslim background, and distinctly Muslim name, the response to his story has been nothing short of inspiring. In less than one day, more than 370,000 people have Tweeted their support for Ahmed, and that number has been steadily rising.

Among those voicing their support are scientists, politicians, activists, and entrepreneurs.

Here are some of the heartening examples of how people are responding to Ahmed Mohamed.

1. President Obama

2. Mark Zuckerberg

You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

3. Aasif Mandvi

the last line is the saddest to me. Not only did they destroy a young boys spirit but also proved yet again why American...

Posted by Aasif Mandvi on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

4. Hillary Clinton

5. Mike Seibert (Rover Driver and Lead Flight Director for the Mars Rover Opportunity at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

6. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (Theoretical Astrophysicist at MIT)