Ahmed Mohammad “the clock kid” and his family announced on Tuesday that they are going to move to Doha, Qatar, where they accepted Qatari Foundation’s offer to pay for Mohamed’s high school and undergraduate education.
His family stated that they have recieved many offers from schools willing to enroll Mohamed, but they decided to move towards Qatari Foundation’s offer because of its culture dof “empowering young people and fostering a culture of innovation and creativity.”
They plan to move within next few days, according to Mashable.
Mohamed was a regular 14-year-old Muslim high school student in Irving, Texas, until Sept. 16, when he brought a clock to school to impress his engineering teacher. Another teacher thought it looked like a bomb, the school called the police and Mohamed was arrested. Though police released him later that day after determining he meant no harm, his story spread on social media with the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed and supporters saying he had been unfairly treated because he is Muslim.
Many thought the arrest was an example of racial profiling, and politicians, celebrities and tech moguls told Mohamed to keep innovating. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg invited him to Facebook headquarters. Mohamed met Google co-founder Sergey Brin after accepting an inviation to the Google Science Fair, and he met President Barack Obama during Astronomy Night at the White House on Monday.
Mohamed and his siblings withdrew from the school and the family traveled to New York City, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan, the country from which his father emigrated. He drew criticism for sitting down with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for allegedly orchestrating genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.
After the day of his visit at White House, Mohamed and his family came to decision about their future.
“I loved the city of Doha because it’s so modern,” Mohamed said in the family’s statement. “I saw so many amazing schools there, many of them the campuses of famous American universities.”
Qatar’s Education City is a five square-mile site with satellite campuses of American schools like Georgetown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Virginia, Northwestern University, Commonwealth University and Texas A&M University.
Mohamed picked his clock from Irving Police Departmen and now his family plans to leave within next few days.
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