IRVING, Texas — The Texas teenager, who was handcuffed after taking a homemade clock to school, is making a special trip to the White House on Monday.
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, will meet with President Obama. The president was hoping to see the invention that sparked conversation nationwide, but it’s still with the Irving Police Department in Texas.
Mohamed is scheduled to enjoy a night of science and stargazing on the South Lawn. The president personally invited him out for “Astronomy Night.”
The high school freshman, who has since withdrawn from the Irving Independent School District following his arrest, arrived in Washington, D.C. over the weekend.
He was honored Sunday night by Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), receiving the “American Muslim of the Year Award.”
He told the group he wants to fight discrimination. When asked what he’ll talk about with the president, he said he’d ask for a White House pen.
President Obama supported Ahmed, tweeting on September 16, “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?” after teachers mistook the teenager’s science project for a fake bomb.
“I built the clock to impress my teacher,” Ahmed said in September. “But when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her. It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it — and later that day, I was arrested for it.”
Following his arrest, the hashtag #IStandwithAhmed took the Internet by storm as people questioned if the inventive teen who likes to tinker with electronics and dreams of attending MIT was targeted because of his name or religion.
School leaders in Irving, a Dallas suburb, said they wished the more than 1 million people commenting on the clock controversy via Twitter had all their facts straight. And they said if a similar situation happened, they’d have handled it the same way.
“We’re never going to take chances with student safety,” said Lesley Weaver, a spokeswoman with the Irving Independent School District.
Source [USA Today]