Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim teenager arrested after a homemade clock he brought to his Texas school was mistaken for a bomb, capped a whirlwind month with a visit to the White House on Monday.
Ahmed got a personal invitation from United States (US) President Barack Obama for “Astronomy Night.”
The two met and chatted briefly during Monday night’s event. The president uses the event to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Earlier Monday, Ahmed said he was grateful for the president’s support and said he’s OK with the nickname that so many have given him over the past few weeks ─ “clock kid”.
He said the lesson of his experience is: “Don’t judge a person by the way they look. Always judge them by their heart.”
Last month, Ahmed brought the clock to his high school in Arlington, Texas, to show a teacher, but another teacher thought it could be a bomb.
The school contacted police, who ultimately chose not to charge Ahmed with having a hoax bomb, though he was suspended from school for three days.
Obama subsequently tweeted an invitation to Ahmed and said the US should inspire more kids like him to enjoy science.
Ahmed’s family is looking at several options for a new school. He hopes to eventually go to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and become an engineer.