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When one day goes to sleep, another day is going to wake up. In this fresh day, so many new things can happen. Sometimes those things can make news. But we might not think that will be famous. News can agitate people. Thus, people pay their attention on that news. So it spreads rapidly. Ahmed Mohamed’s story is something like that which created news and spread around the world within hours.

Ahmed Mohamed is just 14 years old and lives in Texas in America. Last week he grabbed the attention of the people all over the world.TV channels, Radio channels, press media and social networks reserved their time to talk about this teenager. His news was based on a clock he invented. He may have so many dreams behind this invention, but it’s doubtful whether getting arrested was one of them.

Ahmed was studying at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. When he was studying  in the class, he showed his invention to his engineer teacher first. That was a homemade clock; a simple device, created from a circuit board and a power supply wired to a digital display, all strapped inside a case with a tiger hologram. His engineer teacher advised him not to show any other staff members at MacArthur High School.

He originally kept it in his bag during English class, but his teacher heard its beep during the lesson when Ahmed showed her/his homemade clock at the end of class, she took it away from him. In sixth period, the school principal came for Ahmed with a police officer in tow, arresting him and marching him out of school. The schoolboy says he was interrogated by five officers, who asked why he was trying to make a bomb, and was threatened with expulsion by his principal unless he made a written statement.

The police have rejected the claim made by Ahmed’s family that he was detained because of his name is Mohamed. There were many number of powerful people had appreciated and invited him to join with them.

“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 wrote on Twitter.

“Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post that went up on his personal page.

Google tweeted that it would save Ahmed a seat at the show (and urged him to bring his clock).

Master tweeter Aaron Levie, CEO of enterprise cloud company Box, also extended an invitation.

No charges were filed. The police later acknowledged that Ahmed’s work was not dangerous. Finally,  he was released after two days. Those on social media who feel that the event was unjust and racially motivated have used #IStandWithAhmedhashtag in their tweets, posts to show their support.

The hashtag was created by Amneh Jafari, who wrote, “If his name was John he would be labelled as a genius. Since its Ahmed he’s labeled as a ‘suspect’. #doublestandards #IStandWithAhmed.” She has not ever thought that it would get big.

After Ahmed’s release, he was held a press conference and explained the things which happened.

“She saw a clock that, in her opinion, looked like a threat to her,” Ahmed said of the unnamed teacher.

“It felt really weird getting arrested because I never thought I’d ever get arrested. I repeatedly told them, ‘It’s a clock,’ but no matter how much I told them, I guess that’s not a bold enough answer to them, I want it [his clock] back, with my humility.” he said.

He thanked to everyone who supported him around the world. Ahmed had said he planned to take the president up on his offer to visit him at the White House and had said he also plans to transfer to another school.

Sujan Jayasinghe