A Muslim teenager in the US who became an overnight sensation after his teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb has withdrawn from his school.
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, won invitations to the White House, Google and Facebook last week amid a surge of public support for the young boy who was taken away from school in handcuffs.
“Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great,” Obama tweeted hours after the story broke.
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Mohamed’s father told the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that all three of the family’s children are being withdrawn from the Irving Independent School District.
The sudden attention, while welcome, has been overwhelming for the family and Ahmed hasn’t been eating or sleeping well, his father said.
Plenty of schools have offered to take Ahmed, but his father thinks a bit of a break is in order.
The family will be flying to New York on Wednesday after receiving invitations to meet with dignitaries at the United Nations.
Local police insisted that Mohammed’s ethnicity had nothing to do with the decision to arrest him on suspicion of bringing a hoax bomb to school.
No charges were laid after it was determined the teen had no malicious intent.