Cops thought it was dangerous but President Barack Obama thought it was cool.
So a homemade clock became a ticket to a White House visit for Texas teen Ahmed Mohamed.
“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,” Obama tweeted.
It was a vindication of sorts for the 14-year-old after he was earlier led away in handcuffs by Dallas policemen when staff in his school mistook it for a bomb.
Ahmed was accused of making a hoax bomb, police said.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Mohamed is Muslim and the case serves as an example of the climate of hate and manufactured fear around the religion, Reuters reports.
The bespectacled Mohamed is a ninth grader in MacArthur High School.
He brought the clock on Monday for a project he put together to impress his new high school classmates and teachers.
Two days later, he was an internet sensation.
The White House invited Mohamed to participate in its astronomy night next month with NASA astronauts and other young people, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.
“In this instance, it’s clear that at least some of Ahmed’s teachers failed him. That’s too bad,” he said.
Mohamed told a news conference in front of his house that he was going to Washington for the White House Astronomy Night.
By the way, the lad also got an invite to drop by Facebook from Mark Zuckerberg.
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