Early in the school year, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested and suspended for bringing in a home made clock to school, which teachers suspected was a bomb. Ahmed, who’s dream is to be an engineer, built this clock and brought it to school to impress his teachers with. In a CNN article, he states, “”I built a clock to impress my teacher but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her,” Ahmed told reporters Wednesday. “It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it.””
This story took social media by storm, especially on Twitter. Thousands of people showed their support for Ahmed, stating that the arrest of Ahmed was due to racial profiling and Islamophobia. The hashtag #IStandWithAhmed became a trending topic, and people even started to post pictures of themselves with clocks and watches, while tweeting the hashtag.
The topic on Twitter became so big, even the President chimed in.
Much of the Twitter community acted as vigilantes about this topic, and brought so much attention to the story. Below is a tweet from Ahmed’s personal twitter, thanking everyone for the support.