Teachers are considered as a mainstay behind the student’s success but what if a student suffers because of the teacher’s misapprehension.
A 14-year-old student who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb. Ahmed brought the clock into MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, to show his engineering teacher. After another teacher saw it, police were summoned and Ahmed was interrogated, handcuffed and placed in juvenile detention. No charges were filed. The police later acknowledged that Ahmed’s work was not dangerous
Amneh Jafari, a 23-year-old psychology student at the University of Texas Arlington (UTA), was the girl who initiated this campaign. She was surprised that such a young student was arrested in her state. She wanted to raise awareness of the story in the Dallas area, and adopted the hashtag to spread the word online.
— Amneh Jafari (@AmnehJafari) September 16, 2015
This campaign gained momentum; more than 700,000 people have taken to Twitter to support Ahmed Mohamed. She hoped to create a hashtag that would highlight the issue of racial discrimination, and was pleasantly surprised to find that people – not just Muslims – were echoing her support for Ahmed. The campaign got media firestorm and spread, with Ahmed’s family creating an official “Istandwithahmad” Twitter page. The situation was quickly defused and Ahmed even pulled an invitation from President Obama, who tweeted,
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.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
#IStandWithAhmed trended all of Wednesday. Here’s what all that Twitter support looks like:
— Monicka Vadera (@mvadera) September 17, 2015
— Adnan Ali ➊➋➌ (@adnan04ar01) September 17, 2015
This is what Ahmed said In A press conference