WASHINGTON — The White House says a 14-year-old Muslim boy was “failed” by his Texas teachers who thought a clock made by the teen was possibly a bomb.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest called the episode involving Ahmed Mohamed a “teachable moment.” Earnest’s comments followed a tweet by President Barack Obama offering support for the teen, a student in the Dallas suburb of Irving.
Tweeted Obama, “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.”
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.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) September 16, 2015
Ahmed was invited to participate in an astronomy night the White House is organizing next month with leading scientists.
Earnest says the invitation was offered as a way for Ahmed to “nurture that intellectual curiosity.”
The boy was placed in handcuffs, and his family says he was suspended from school. Police announced Wednesday that they would not seek any charges against him.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.