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Texas 'clock kid' goes from arrest to White House visit

Texas 'clock kid' takes president up on offer to visit White House for astronomy event

Texas 'clock kid' goes from arrest to White House visit

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Texas teenager who was arrested after a homemade clock he brought to school was mistaken for a bomb is visiting the White House.

Ahmed Mohamed got a personal invitation from President Barack Obama for Monday's "Astronomy Night."

The president uses the event to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Last month, Ahmed brought the clock to his school to show a teacher, but another teacher thought it resembled a bomb. Police ultimately chose not to charge the 14-year-old student with having a hoax bomb, though he was suspended.

Obama subsequently Tweeted an invitation to Ahmed, and said the U.S. should inspire more kids like him to enjoy science.

Updated : 2021-09-20 23:38 GMT+08:00