Scientists are outraged a 14-year-old student was arrested for building a clock


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Ninth grader Ahmed Mohamed was arrested on Sept. 14 just outside Dallas, when he brought a homemade clock to school that teachers and authorities said looked like a bomb.

Since then, he's received a huge outpouring of support from the science community on Twitter under the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed.

Ahmed has been interested in science and tech for a long time, so when he started high school this year, he wanted to show off his skills by bringing in a simple digital clock he built at home in about 20 minutes.

But a teacher took one look at the wires and circuit board, and jumped to conclusions.

"She was like, it looks like a bomb," Ahmed told the Dallas Morning News.


The school called the authorities, Ahmed was led off in handcuffs to juvenile detention under suspicion of creating a "hoax bomb." The case has just recently been dropped and closed, according to NBC5's Ken Kalthoff, who was at an Irving Police Department press conference.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is conducting its own investigation as to whether this is a case of Islamophobia.

Scientists are completely outraged over this. Here's a roundup of some of the best tweets we found: