Ahmed Mohamed Gets Official Offers To Visit MIT And Intern At Twitter


The Texas teenager arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school received an invitation to visit the college of his dreams.

At a news conference, Ahmed Mohamed explained the incident to reporters,

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."

She said,

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.

Twitter got right to the point and offered him an internship.

The CEO of cloud company Box, however, believed he knew where Mohamed's true interests lie.

Mohamed was also invited to showcase his creation at a prestigious competition.

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.

Citations: From Handcuffs To MIT 14YearOld Ahmed Mohamed Gets Surprise Invite (Huffington Post), All In Exclusive with Ahmed Mohamed (MSNBC)