The Texas boy who was arrested for bringing to school a homemade clock, which was mistakenly taken to be a bomb, is moving to Qatar, his family said Tuesday.
Ninth grader Ahmed Mohamed, whose arrest was said to have come as a result of prejudice against his Muslim religion, received an offer from the Qatar Foundation to study at its Young Innovators Program. A full scholarship has been given to him for his secondary and undergraduate education. He said that he will have an opportunity to “learn a lot and have fun, too.”
“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. Ahmed’s family also said that they have been “overwhelmed by the many offers of support” since his arrest on September 14 at his school.
His arrest came after he brought to school a homemade clock to show to his teacher. The clock was mistaken by another teacher as a bomb. The police were subsequently contacted, who arrested Ahmed and took him to a detention center. The boy was suspended from school for three days. However, no charges were filed against him.
The family has been traveling around the globe and meeting with dignitaries since Ahmed’s arrest, as reported by Yahoo News. They also met with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, accused by the International Criminal Court for instigating genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during Sudan’s Darfur conflict.
Soon after Ahmed’s arrest, hashtag #IStandWithAhmed began trending internationally. Ahmed also received support from Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, and Facebook Chief Executive Officer, Mark Zuckerberg. The latter praised the boy, saying “Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest.” Following Ahmed’s arrest, President Barack Obama’s Twitter had a message for the boy, which said, “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.”
Ahmed’s family announced that they are moving to Qatar after the “Astronomy Night” at the White House hosted by Obama at the White House. Before the event, Ahmed said he was grateful, and that the lesson from his experience is, “Don’t judge a person by the way they look. Always judge them by their heart.” Ahmed has been involved in spreading awareness about discrimination based on race and ethnicity. Last month, California Rep. Mike Honda and other notable congressman sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling on the Department of Justice to look into the detention and subsequent arrest of Ahmed, as reported by ABC News.