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When 14 year old Texas whiz kid, Ahmed Mohamed, showed his teacher his homemade digital clock, instead of praise for his ingenuity he was arrested for bringing a suspicious object to the high school.

He was handcuffed and brought to a juvenile detention center where he was interrogated. Police announced that he will not face criminal charges, but he was suspended from school for three days.

In an era of school shootings and terrorism, one might argue that the school was simply erring on the side of caution. However, most people are outraged that the misunderstanding escalated to such an extreme level. Many are quick to point out that this is yet another example of insidious Islamophobia in America.

“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 the media. “It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it.”

Masses of people have rallied around Ahmed, applauding his passion for tinkering and his aptitude for engineering. The #IstandWithAhmed and #engineersforahmed hashtags have been trending across social media with an outpouring of support, along with plenty of shout-outs from well known celebrities.

Here are some of the famous people who’ve reached out in support of Ahmed, including Pharell Williams, Mark Zuckerberg and the President of the United States.

Even Mark Zuckerberg chimed in on Facebook, saying, “Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed.” He added, “Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you. Keep building.”

Who knows, he may score a job out of this debacle.

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