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Arrested clock-making teen invited to White House






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U.S. President Barack Obama has invited the Texas high school student who was arrested over a clock he made for school to the White House. Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was taken away in handcuffs after his teachers said he had brought a homemade bomb to school. After several hours, the police realised it was all a mistake. Within hours of his release, Ahmed's story went viral. The news was retweeted hundreds of thousands of times. President Obama tweeted: "We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great."

Ahmed's arrest has put the spotlight on the issue of Islamophobia and of how people treat Muslims. Ahmed said that because of his religion, kids at school called him a 'terrorist'. He said the police interrogation made him feel as though he was a criminal. He said: "I felt like I was a terrorist." To make things worse, his school suspended him for three days. On a more positive note, Twitter offered him a training contract and Google invited him to a science fair. Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg said: "The future belongs to people like Ahmed."

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