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Mark Zuckerberg & President Obama invites 14-year-old arrested for bringing a clock to school #IstandwithAhmed

US President Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg publicly defended Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Muslim student who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school.

The clock that prompted the school’s call to the police consisted of a circuit board and a power supply wired to a digital display inside a metal pencil case, according to the Dallas Morning News, which first reported the freshman’s arrest.

The police decided not to press charges against the high-school student who had been proud to show off his engineering achievement to his teachers.

The hashtag #IStandWithAhmed has gone viral since the teen’s release from custody, and Obama even tweeted an invite to bring the clock to the White House:

 

 

Zuckerberg also invited Mohamed to come by Facebook’s headquarters:

When he was arrested, Mohamed was wearing a NASA T-shirt, prompting many astronauts to reach out to the teen and encourage him to continue pursuing science:

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Meanwhile, Mohamed’s family is adjusting to his overnight popularity following the harrowing arrest, according to the Dallas Morning News. His older sisters set up a Twitter account for Mohamed, and the family may have a couple places to visit if he decides to take Zuckerberg or Obama up on their offers.

Mohamed thanked his supporters — like most teens would — with a photo from Snapchat:

 

 

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