OF COURSE: Time Magazine Names Ahmed The Clock Boy to List of Most Influential Teens of 2015
Ahmed Mohamed became the subject of national news in September when he went to school with a suspicious looking device which he claimed was a clock he invented.
The device wasn’t really an invention, though. All Ahmed did was remove the guts of a digital clock and place them in an empty pencil case.
School employees became concerned because the device looked like a bomb and police were called. Liberals claimed that he was profiled for being a Muslim but many have suggested the entire scenario was planned to unfold that way.
Ahmed and his family received tons of attention from the media and he was even invited to the White House.
Now he’s been named to Time Magazine’s list of most influential teens of 2015.
“Clock Boy” Ahmed Mohamed landed on TIME Magazine’s 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015. The publication announced this year’s crop of teen wonders with the 14-year-old among sports dynamos, up-and-coming Hollywood stars, kids of the rich and famous, young entrepreneurs, and a Nobel prize winning girls’ education activist who survived being shot by the Taliban.
Mohamed is the Irving, Texas student arrested and suspended from high school on Sept. 14 after bringing a homemade suitcase clock initially seen as a possible hoax bomb.
TIME says they determine their annual lists by considering accolades across numerous fields, global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news. It appears he made the list for the international noise created by the family claiming Islamophobia and bigotry as behind his highly publicized woes despite “safe school” zero tolerance policies in public schools.
Ahmed and his family have since decided to move to Qatar where he will receive a full college scholarship.
Here’s a quick video which shows how much thought went into Ahmed’s supposed invention.