Updated on September 16 at 1:13 p.m. ET
A 14-year-old Texas boy tried to impress his teacher with a homemade clock in the first few weeks of high school. Ahmed Mohamed’s invention landed him in handcuffs when officials at his school in Irving thought it resembled a bomb and called police.
Ahmed vowed he will never take an invention to school again—though he may be taking one to the White House.
Here’s the background: Ahmed said he took the clock to school on Monday because none of his teachers at MacArthur High “know what I can do.” The Dallas Morning News reports that the ninth-grader makes his own radios and repairs his own go-kart. The newspaper says the door to his bedroom “marks the border where the Mohamed family’s cramped but lavishly decorated house begins to look like the back room at RadioShack.” Here’s more:
Ahmed’s clock was hardly his most elaborate creation. He said he threw it together in about 20 minutes before bedtime on Sunday: a circuit board and power supply wired to a digital display, all strapped inside a case with a tiger hologram on the front.
He showed it to his engineering teacher first thing Monday morning and didn’t get quite the reaction he’d hoped for.
“He was like, ‘That’s really nice,’” Ahmed said. “‘I would advise you not to show any other teachers.’”
But the clock’s alarm went off during English and his teacher complained. Ahmed showed her the invention after class.