#IStandWithAhmed: Twitter lights up in support of Muslim teen detained for bringing homemade clock to school


Social media exploded Wednesday with messages of support for Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Muslim high school student in Texas who was detained by police after an English teacher thought a homemade clock he brought to class looked like a bomb.

Texas Muslim Student Clock
This photo provided by the Irving Police Department shows the homemade clock that Ahmed Mohamed brought to school, Wednesday, Sept.16, 2015, in Irving. Police detained the 14-year-old Muslim boy after a teacher at MacArthur High School decided that the homemade clock he brought to class looked like a bomb, according to school and police officials. The family of Ahmed Mohamed said the boy was suspended for three days from the school in the Dallas suburb.

On Tuesday night, the Dallas Morning News reported that police were considering pressing charges against Ahmed over what authorities in Irving described as a “hoax bomb.” Officials announced Wednesday that were declining to pursue charges.

Texas Muslim Student-Clock
Irving MacArthur High School student Ahmed Mohamed, 14, poses for a photo at his home in Irving, Texas on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Mohamed was arrested and interrogated by Irving Police officers on Monday after bringing a homemade clock to school. Police don’t believe the device is dangerous, but say it could be mistaken for a fake explosive. He was suspended from school for three days, but he has not been charged.

By Wednesday morning, the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed was trending on Twitter, as users tweeted in solidarity with the tinkering teen — and expressed outrage over what they believe was a case of anti-Muslim discrimination.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also extended an invite to Ahmed.


“The future belongs to people like Ahmed,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. “Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you. Keep building.”


Ahmed tweeted his gratitude.