President Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and More Stars Defend Muslim Student After Clock Arrest: Read Their Reactions

President Barack Obama; Mark Zuckerberg
President Barack Obama, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and more famous names defended Muslim student Ahmed Mohamed, 14, following his homemade clock arrest Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images; Luis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Standing with Ahmed. Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old student who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, is making headlines as he finishes out his suspension at home. The Irving, Texas resident has received support from President Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and more boldfaced names since his story went viral on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

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As previously reported, Mohamed was handcuffed and interrogated for bringing what authorities believed to be a “hoax bomb” to his ninth grade English class on Monday. He was brought to a juvenile detention center, was fingerprinted, and had to take a mugshot. 

Ahmed Mohamed

Mohamed later explained in a Dallas News video that he simply just loves to invent – a trait Obama admires about him. The Commander in Chief applauded the Muslim teen for his creativity via Twitter on Wednesday. 

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“Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science,” Obama, 54, wrote. “It’s what makes America great.”

Facebook co-founder Zuckerberg also shared his support. “You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he took it to school. Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest,” the dad-to-be, 31, wrote on his official Facebook page.

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He continued: “The future belongs to people like Ahmed. Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you. Keep building.”

Mohamed’s story has already reached millions, and became one of the top Twitter trends on Wednesday. Sophia Bush, Russell Simmons, Ariel Winter, Aziz Ansari, and many more have even been using the hashtag “IStandWithAhmed” amid the scandal.

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