News Current Events Zuckerberg, Obama Stand With Ahmed Too By Jenn Savedge Writer University of Strathclyde Ithaca College Jenn Savedge is an environmental author and lecturer. She’s a former national park ranger who has written three books on eco-friendly living our editorial process Jenn Savedge Updated September 30, 2019 Ahmed Mohamed (left) with Congressman Mike Honda at the Ames Research Center in 2015. (Photo: Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Mike Honda [Public Domain)/Wikimedia Commons) Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices Earlier this week, 14-year old Ahmed Mohamed built a homemade clock to show off at his robotics club. He thought the invention might get the attention of his teachers — and it did, but not in the way that he had hoped. Ahmed's teachers thought it looked like a bomb and called local law enforcement. By the day's end, the middle schooler had been arrested and walked out of his school wearing handcuffs. Of course, once law enforcement officials were convinced that his invention was, in fact, a clock, the teen was released. He was picked up by his parents before he ever saw the inside of a jail cell. But a it doesn't change the fact that a young kid — a ridiculously smart young kid — was treated like a criminal for no reason other than his apparent love of electronics. Fortunately, rather than shame, Ahmed is being greeted by the world with solidarity. The hasthag, #IStandWithAhmed exploded on Twitter, catching the eye of some fairly notable social media users: Mark Zuckerberg rolls out the red carpet for Ahmed Mohamed. (Photo: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook) And perhaps my favorite: The folks behind Car Talk offer their typical humorous reply to the situation. (Photo: Car Talk/Facebook) In addition to these offers, Ahmed received: A lifetime membership to the Dallas Astronomy ClubA scholarship to NASA's Space CampAn invitation to visit MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence LabAn invite to the telescope lab at UT AustinAn offer to visit General Electric HQA T-shirt that NASA astronaut Daniel Tani wore in space In the end, this story is a good one for Ahmed. An incident that never should have happened in the first place may lead to a lifetime of unique opportunities. But more importantly, it will hopefully remind Ahmed that for every person who sees him only by the color of his skin, there are millions more who can see beyond it.