Obama Invites 9th Grader Wrongly Arrested Over Homemade Clock To White House

President Barack Obama took to social media Wednesday to express his support of a Texas teenager who was arrested after he brought a homemade clock to school.

Fourteen year old Ahmed Mohamed told the Washington Post that he just wanted to be noticed by his teachers at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX but was instead arrested and brought to a juvenile detention center.

The arrest quickly turned into a viral social media campaign calling for solidarity against discrimination about Muslims in the United States. The #IStandWithAhmed was trending on Twitter early Wednesday with over 450 thousand Tweets associated with the phrase.

President Obama also Tweeted his support for Mohamed, even inviting him to the White House.

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