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Arrested For Making Clock, US Muslim Boy ''Gets Time'' With Obama, Zuckerberg

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| September 17 , 2015 , 09:14 IST
US President Barack Obama has invited a 14-year-old Muslim student to the White House after the teen was detained by police for taking a homemade clock to school that teachers thought looked like a bomb. In a tweet posted on Wednesday, Obama calls Ahmed Mohamed's clock "cool" and says more kids should be inspired like him to enjoy science, because "it's what makes America great." Media reports said that Ahmed enjoys tinkering with electronics and that he built the clock at home on Sunday night. Police detained him Monday after teachers at his school voiced concern about the device. He was suspended from school for three days. Ahmed Mohamed, who is the son of a Muslim immigrant from Sudan, was arrested earlier this week after his clock was inexplicably mistaken for a bomb by a teacher at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. His father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, told the Dallas Morning News that the 14-year-old "just wants to invent good things for mankind. But because his name is Mohamed and because of Sept. 11, I think my son got mistreated." On Wednesday, President Obama invited the ninth-grader to take his clock to the White House. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also expressed his support for the teenager: "Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest." "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 wrote in a post. Zuckerberg White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said, "In this instance, it's clear that at least some of Ahmed's teachers failed him. That's too bad, but it's not too late for all of us to use this as a teachable moment and to search our own conscience for biases in whatever form they take."