Barack Obama even invited him to bring his clock to the White House.
According to the high school, which is currently under investigation for the incident, the assumption had nothing to do with race or religion. The school, in its defense, has claimed that Ahmed was a problem student and has played pranks on others before. One teacher says “He’s one of those that could either be CEO of a company or head of a gang”. The Irving School District, along with the investigation the specific incident, has denied claims of prejudice-based bullying from students and staff. Mohamed claims that classmates called him “ISIS boy” and teachers unfairly. "I think this wouldn't even be a question if his name wasn't Ahmed Mohamed," said Alia Salem of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "He is an excited kid who is very bright and wants to share it with his teachers."
The police report on the incident claims that the reason that Ahmed was arrested was because he was not cooperating with the police on site. However, the Mohammed family refuses to give permission to release the report. The police, in fact, suspect that Mohammed set the whole situation up, intending to be called out. “I think his intent was to see how far he could get with the device and to see what kind of alarmant he could get,” said the president of the Texas Municipal Patrolman’s Association.
Mohamed’s parents have since pulled him and his siblings out the school district. The family hired a lawyer "to pursue Ahmed's legal rights and regain his science project from the Irving Police Department."