By now almost everyone on the Internet knows about the 14-year-old boy who invented a homemade digital clock for a class project to impress his teacher. Far from being impressed, the school accused him of making a fake bomb and suspended him. The teen was handcuffed and interrogated by police.
A picture of the child dressed in a NASA t-shirt, with handcuffs on, was also posted on Twitter.
I expect they will have more to say tomorrow, but Ahmed's sister asked me to share this photo. A NASA shirt! pic.twitter.com/nR4gt992gB- Anil Dash (@anildash) September 16, 2015
The incident caused major outrage, with people taking to social networking sites to condemn the act. Scores of people began posting their support for Ahmed with #IStandWithAhmed on Twitter.
According to BBC Trending, the hashtag, which now has about a million tweets registered to it, was started by 23-year-old Amneh Jafari.
Amneh, a psychology student with eight siblings, two of whom are Ahmed's age, told BBC Trending, "it was so close to home."
#IStandWithAhmed trended all of Wednesday. Here's what all that Twitter support looks like:
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
Hey Ahmed- we're saving a seat for you at this weekend's Google Science Fair...want to come? Bring your clock! #IStandwithAhmed- Google Science Fair (@googlescifair) September 16, 2015
Hi @IStandWithAhmed ! I'd love you to join us for our science show Generator in Toronto on 28 Oct. There's a ticket waiting for you.- Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) September 16, 2015
Anytime you wanna see Mars rovers Ahmed, let me know. #IStandWithAhmed- Imperator MARSiosa (@cirquelar) September 16, 2015
Here's what scares me. A science teacher who doesn't recognize science. #IStandWithAhmed- Dayna Steele (@daynasteele) September 17, 2015
Civilised society should be ashamed at the Ahmed episode. A thousand Ahmeds facing hatred and bigotry on a daily basis. #IStandWithAhmed- Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) September 17, 2015
A child should not be arrested as a result of adult fear and ignorance. #IStandWithAhmed- Pedro Noguera (@PedroANoguera) September 17, 2015