Earlier today (Sept. 16) the story of Ahmed Mohamed went viral and had the world extremely confused. Mohamed, 14, was arrested at his high school in Irving, Texas for bringing a homemade clock to school. Confused? So are we.
Many immediately took to social media using the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed to show their support for his innovative idea and his ability to put his creativity to use. Now, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, also stand’s with Ahmed so much so he even invited him to explore the Facebook Headquarters. In a recent Facebook post Zuckerberg shared:
“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.”
Zuckerberg wasn’t the only high profile individual to show their support. President Obama tweeted his support for Mohamed with the following:
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.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
Thousands expressed that we need more students like Mohamed in this world who are pursing their goals and who are trying to get a head start on their careers.