Ahmed Mohamed Gets Official Offers To Visit MIT And Intern At Twitter
At a news conference, Ahmed Mohamed explained the incident to reporters,
I built the clock to impress my teacher, but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her. It was really sad that she took the wrong impression from it.
Last night, MSNBC's Chris Hayes interviewed the 14-year-old, who was placed in handcuffs when the device he presented to his teacher at MacArthur High School on Monday was mistaken for a bomb.
After being thoroughly questioned at school, the aspiring engineer was taken to a detention center and released to his parents later that day.
Mohamed told Hayes the arrest made him feel like "a terrorist," a term he remembered being called by students in middle school.
But, the somber interview took an entirely different direction at the arrival of a surprise guest.
MIT astrophysicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein came on the show to invite Mohamed to visit MIT -- reportedly his "dream school."
I just want to say, by the way, you are my ideal student. A creative, independent thinker like you is the kind of person who should be becoming a physicist. As a theoretical physicist, I would love it if you took an interest in the mathematical side, although you're clearly very adept with your hands and at building things.
Several major tech companies wasted no time in asking Mohamed to work for them as well.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who certainly knows about getting into trouble over innovative endeavors, inquired about a chat.
You've probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he... Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Twitter got right to the point and offered him an internship.
Hi @IStandWithAhmed, we building things at @twitter too. Would you consider interning with us? We'd love it — DM us! #IStandWithAhmed — Twitter (@twitter) September 16, 2015
The CEO of cloud company Box, however, believed he knew where Mohamed's true interests lie.
Ahmed, I know you've been invited to the White House and Facebook. But, we both know you're enterprise software guy at heart. Come by Box! — Aaron Levie (@levie) September 16, 2015
Mohamed was also invited to showcase his creation at a prestigious competition.
Hey Ahmed- we're saving a seat for you at this weekend's Google Science Fair...want to come? Bring your clock! #IStandwithAhmed — Google Science Fair (@googlescifair) September 16, 2015
Alia Salem, director of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told Huffington Post Mohamed would not have been arrested if he had a name more like "Jimmy."
She added Ahmed's family is currently debating whether or not to pursue legal action against the officials who partook in his arrest.