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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Thank you fellow supporters. We can ban together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again pic.twitter.com/fBlmckoafU
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) September 16, 2015