Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed entered one of his classes in a Texas high school last week with a homemade clock that was created from a pencil case. Instead of being praised for his handiwork, Mohamed was arrested because his teacher mistook the clock for a bomb.
This story spread rapidly on social media, due to allegations of prejudice. Many people were outraged at the belief that Mohamed was profiled because he is Muslim.
On Twitter, the hashtags #IStandWithAhmed and #NotABomb trended with pictures of watches and clocks. There was sharp criticism on racial, ethnic and religious profiling.