Teenage Inventor Ahmed Mohamed Finally Gets His Clock Back: What's Next For Him?


Ahmed Mohamed decides to continue his studies in Qatar after finally getting his clock back and spending some time with his family in a tour.

Ahmed caught worldwide attention in social media when news about his arrest sparked issues on racism and religious differences. The 14-year-old was arrested in September when a teacher in his school had thought that the clock he brought in was a bomb.

Ahmed said that he wanted to show off his passion for building electronic devices to his mentors and had built a homemade digital clock the night before bringing it with him to school.

"Here in high school, none of the teachers know what I can do," said Ahmed in an interview with Dallas Morning News.

While the police didn't pursue to press criminal charges against the teen, he was subjected to a three-day suspension from school. He eventually withdrew from MacArthur High on Sept. 16 and turned down the school's invitation to go back.

His family eventually hired two attorneys from Dallas, Reggie London and Thomas Bowers, in order "to pursue Ahmed's legal rights and regain his science project from the Irving Police Department."

According to a spokesman from the Irving Police Department, London picked up Ahmed's clock from the stationhouse at a quarter past 1 in the afternoon. The clock was actually ready for release since Sept. 16 and that Ahmed's family had been notified on Sept. 18 that they can pick it up.

Bowers explained that Ahmed couldn't pick up the clock on time because he had been busy traveling and had also been looking for new schools.

"If the clock was released so quickly, why'd they arrest him for it in the first place?" said Bowers. "Who in their right mind would think anything evil about it?"

In the meantime, Ahmed received a number of invitations from schools around the globe and one of them is the Qatari Foundation in Doha, Qatar which earned his interest. The school had offered to provide his high school and undergraduate education. Ahmed reasoned out that he decided to choose the school because of its mission that focuses on "empowering young people and fostering a culture of innovation and creativity."

"I loved the city of Doha because it's so modern," said Ahmed. "I saw so many amazing schools there, many of them the campuses of famous American universities."

On Oct. 23, Ahmed sent out a tweet about having his clock back.

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