Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Texas teen arrested for bringing a homemade electronic clock to school is moving together with his family to Qatar to accept the offer of a full secondary and undergraduate scholarship, according to a Reuters report.
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Police officers had mistaken the device for a bomb and pounced on the kid, handcuffing him after arresting him. It later became evident that the device was only a homemade clock engineered by the ninth-grader, and not a bomb or anything of such.
Mohamed’s arrest had sparked a lot of outcry across and beyond the US, with some critics saying he was arrested because he was a Muslim teen.
The Twitter hashtag #StandWithAhmed had trended all over the world, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted that: “Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest.”
Google co-founder Sergey Brin also had a kind word for the kid. President Barack Obama had 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."
And that is what happened. Young Mohamed had on Monday during the second White House Astronomy Night met with President Obama, who hugged him.
The young teen had gone ahead to meet with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and trotting the globe with his parents to meet with world leaders and celebrities who commended his ambition. Now he has accepted a scholarship from the Qatar Foundation to study at its Young Innovators Program.
"This means, that we, as a family, will relocate to Qatar where Ahmed will receive a full scholarship for secondary and undergraduate education," his family said in a statement.
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Mohamed wears glasses and attended a Dallas-area high school before the September incident that shot him into national limelight and celebrity status.