US student Ahmed Mohamed and family leave Texas school
Boy arrested over clock says ‘I don’t want to go to MacArthur’, not eating or sleeping well
Screengrab from a video of Ahmed Mohamed speaking to media about the incident. Photograph: The Dallas Morning News/Youtube
The family of a 14-year-old Muslim student who got in trouble over a homemade clock mistaken for a possible bomb have withdrawn him from his suburban high school in Texas.
Ahmed Mohamed’s father, Mohamed El-Hassan Mohamed, said he had taken all of his children out of schools in the Irving independent school district in Dallas. Mr Mohamed said the family was still deciding where the children should be educated.
Ahmed said he brought the clock he made to MacArthur high school in Irving last week to show a teacher.
Officials say he was arrested after another teacher saw it and became concerned. Ahmed was not charged, but he was suspended from school for three days.
“Ahmed said, ‘I don’t want to go to MacArthur,’” Mr Mohamed told the Dallas Morning News. “These kids aren’t going to be happy there.”
Ahmed's sister told me to post this. Yes this situation is real for those questioning. pic.twitter.com/Oxd0JxUS6O— Prajwol/Ru (@OfficalPrajwol) September 16, 2015
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 (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
News of the arrest sparked an outpouring of support for Ahmed, including from US president Barack Obama.
The turmoil surrounding Ahmed’s case has affected the teenager, Mr Mohamed said, adding that his son has lost his appetite and is not sleeping well. “It’s torn the family and makes us very confused,” he said.
Numerous schools have offered Ahmed a place, his father said. However, he said he wanted to give his son a break before making a decision.
The family plans to fly to New York on Wednesday, where UN officials want to meet his son.
He said then if they can get the right visas, Mr Mohamed wants to take his son on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
“I ask Allah to bless this time. After that, we’ll see,” Mr Mohamed said.
When they return, they planned to visit to White House and meet Mr Obama, he said.