After arresting 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for mistaking a homemade clock for a “bomb,” MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, wants to welcome back the teen.
“We’re confident that we can continue to provide him with an excellent education,” a school spokeswoman told ABC News.
Although, that is a nice gesture Ahmed is not interested in returning back to the place that had gotten him arrested for no reason. The teen is transferring to another school.
Ahmed was arrested on Monday after teachers became suspicious of a homemade clock that he’d brought to school.
Ayisha Mohamed, Ahmed’s 17-year-old sister stated that her “heart just dropped” when she heard about the arrest.
“It was a bad thing that turned into a blessing,” said Ayisha to the Associated Press.
Ahmed has been making headlines and supporters are making hashtags such as #IStandWithAhmed and #EngineersForAhmed along with thousands of tweets and responses!
Many well-known individuals have reached out to Ahmed such as Mark Zuckerbeg, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and much more.
Everyone has such kind and moving words for Ahmed, in addition, President Obama invited Ahmed to the White House.
Sadly, MacArthur High School still has not apologized to Ahmed for the assumption that led to his arrest.
“We do stand behind what the teacher did,” the school spokeswoman told ABC News. “Even though that particular item did not pose an immediately dangerous situation to the school, we cannot allow items on campus that can be perceived to pose a threat.”
The Verge published a memo that was reportedly sent by the school to students’ parents. According to the memo, the principal, Dan Cummings, stated that local police had responded on Monday to a “suspicious-looking item” on campus. Cummings then encouraged parents to use “this opportunity to talk with your child about the Student Code of Conduct and specifically not bringing items to school that are prohibited.”
In addition, Cummings stated, “this is a good time to remind your child how important it is to immediately report any suspicious items and/or suspicious behavior.”
Mayor Beth Van Duyne of Irving, Texas defended the law enforcement as well as the school officials for their actions that were made against Ahmed.
“To the best of my knowledge, they followed protocol,” said the mayor on Facebook.