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Zuckerberg, Obama Invite Texas Clock Kid to Facebook and White House

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on September 18, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Originally published on recode on September 18 by Carmel DeAmicis.

The Texas school district that had 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed arrested for his “suspicious-looking” homemade clock isn’t apologizing, but tech leaders across the country are reaching out to him.

Despite the fact that police released him from custody and confirmed the clock was not a bomb, administrators at MacArthur High School still suspended Mohamed for three days. It issued a self-congratulatory letter to parents, saying, “We will always take necessary precautions to protect our students.” The tone-deaf response is infuriating many who are calling on the school to apologize and recognize the racism underpinning its treatment of Mohamed. A picture taken during Mohamed’s arrest shows him wearing a NASA t-shirt, looking distraught and confused as he’s handcuffed.
A few American leaders have taken matters into their own hands by lauding Mohamed publicly.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg invited him to visit Facebook’s campus and President Barack Obama sent a similar invitation for Mohamed to come to Washington, D.C.

“Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed,” Zuckerberg said in his Facebook post. “Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you.”

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