Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teenager who was arrested when his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb, thanks supporters. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A Texas teenager who was taken away in handcuffs this week for bringing to school a homemade clock that staff mistook for a bomb had kind words for his supporters on Wednesday (September 16). "Thank you to all my supporters on Twitter, Facebook, all social media. Thank you all for helping me. I would have never gotten this far if it wasn't for you guys," Ahmed Mohamed told a news conference in Irving. His arrest has launched a social media campaign called #IStandWithAhmed, which was the No. 1 trending topic in the United States on Twitter on Wednesday with about 600,000 tweets, many critical of the school district and police. Earlier in the day, Mohamed won a personal invitation from President Barack Obama to attend an astronomy night at the White House. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg also invited the teenager to drop by his California-based company. "What can I say? I'm grateful to the United States of America," Mohamed's father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, added. "What happened is touching the heart of everybody who has children. That is America. When there is something wrong, they stand their rights up," he said.