- Twitter offered the Texas teen an internship at the company
- People wrote words of support while others made fun of the people who turned him in
Seems some folks at his Texas high school thought the clock looked like the makings of a bomb and turned him into police. The image of the thin teenager wearing a NASA T-shirt with his arms behind him with handcuffs on angered many who saw the photo and read about his arrest.
One of his supporters was President Obama, who invited Ahmed to Astronomy Night in October, an annual event that brings together astronauts, scientists and other professionals. At a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, Ahmed said he was going to the White House.
The White House wasn't the only place hoping the teenager who wants to go to MIT would come for a visit. Google told Ahmed he was welcome this weekend at the science fair and told him he could bring the clock (which the police still had as of Wednesday afternoon).
And Twitter used itself to offer Ahmed an internship. "We love building things too," Twiter tweeted. No word yet whether the young man took them up on the offer. He's probably going to have several to think about.
But it was more than offers to come visit that heartened the future engineer. He was happy to see the many messages telling him to continue to build things.
Other messages showed their support by pointing to what they thought was an absurd situation. Many tweets focused on the device. Time goes down, it's a bomb; time goes up, it's a clock, some said. Others talked about the lack of an explosive.
And then there were the comedians who made made social commentary through humor.
Former "Parks and Recreation" actor Aziz Ansari, who grew up in South Carolina, said he could relate to Ahmed's experience.
One brought up a potential danger that's been in front of us for a long time.