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Never judge a book by its cover – #Istandwithahmed

Yesterday I found myself captivated with the news that a 14 year –old Texas schoolboy was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school. What grabbed my attention was why that is a reason for arrest? And then as I delved into the news further I could not actually believe the justification that I was about to read.

Ahmed Mohamed, an engineering enthusiast, had during his spare time, made a clock. He wanted to show this to one of his teachers, for most this would have shown hard work, dedication and determination, however hours after showing his creation to his teacher he was handcuffed, arrested and as part of ‘standard procedure’ was summoned by the school to explain the device. His story has swept the internet and after speaking at a press conference Ahmed told 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 a wrong impression of it.” It just saddens me to think that this has happened to a 14 year-old boy who expected a pat on the back rather than suspension from school.

What is so impressive about Ahmed’s story is the power of the internet and on the back of such prejudice has come floods of support, recognition and admiration through Twitter alone.

Supporters have included one of the most powerful men in the world, President Barack Obama, whose PR team got straight on the case on Twitter by inviting the 14-year old to The White House, leaving a positive reflection on Obama:

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.

Mark Zuckerburg, founder of Facebook, also jumped on board on his personal Facebook page, offering Ahmed to come and visit him at Facebook HQ along with many other tech companies including Google.

It just goes to show that people can still be so naïve in the world we are living in. This being said, fortune definitely does favour the brave, which has easily been shown by the outpour of support Ahmed has received and so rightly deserves and of course, all his charges have been dropped.

I personally can’t wait to see Ahmed achieve his innovative goals in life. We should be supporting our peers and offering encouragement, not judging people and deflating their efforts with prejudice.

Natasha Sharma
Senior Account Executive

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