From arrest to White House invite for teen
A MUSLIM teenager arrested after a Texas teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb won invitations to the White House, Google and Facebook on Wednesday in a surge of public support.
President Barack Obama congratulated Ahmed Mohamed, 14, on his skills in a pointed rebuke to school and police officials - who defended his arrest - amid accusations of Islamophobia.
"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," Mr Obama tweeted.
A photo of Ahmed standing in handcuffs while wearing a T-shirt with Nasa's logo was retweeted thousands of times in a matter of hours and #IStandWithAhmed became the top trending hashtag on Twitter.
Ahmed, the son of Sudanese immigrants, told the Dallas Morning News he hoped to impress teachers by bringing the clock to school on Monday.
When the clock's alarm went off in a class, the teacher told him it looked like a bomb and confiscated it. The school called the police and Ahmed was taken away in handcuffs amid suspicions of him intending to frighten people with the device.
Police later said they determined that Ahmed had no malicious intent and it was "just a naive set of circumstances".
White House spokesman Josh Earnest called the incident an opportunity to "search our own conscious for biases that might be there".