Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teenager who ignited a social media firestorm last month when his teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb, has finally gotten the clock back. Mohamed tweeted the good news Friday afternoon.
“GOT MY CLOCK BACK FINALLY!!” tweeted Mohamed, following the sentence with several smiling emoji.
GOT MY CLOCK BACK FINALLY!!__ pic.twitter.com/7k9GXB7M4H
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) October 23, 2015
Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim student, was arrested Sept. 14 when his teacher thought his homemade clock looked like a bomb. While criminal charges against him were dropped, Mohamed was still suspended from school for three days and had his clock confiscated. The incident ignited a global response and the trending hashtag #IStandWithAhmed, and sparked a national discussion on how Muslims are perceived in the U.S.
Mohamed received an outpouring of public support from scientists, politicians, celebrities and major corporations. The aspiring engineer even met President Barack Obama Monday when visiting the White House for Astronomy Night, which the administration billed as an opportunity for Obama to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Time reported.
“There are a lot of stereotypes for people who are foreigners and have Muslim names. This would not have happened to any of my classmates,” Mohamed told Al Jazeera English after his arrest, according to the Guardian.
After the incident, Mohamed withdrew from his Irving, Texas, high school. According to his family, the teen plans to be enrolled in the Qatar Foundation’s “Young Innovators” program after being offered a scholarship to attend the public-private education partnership through high school and college, the Guardian reported. The family plans to move to the Middle Eastern state as early as next week.
"Qatar was a cool place to visit. I loved the city of Doha because it's so modern. I saw so many amazing schools there, many of them campuses of famous American universities," said Ahmed in the news release, the BBC reported. "The teachers were great. I think I will learn a lot and have fun, too."'