Ahmed, the 14-year-old Muslim boy, was pulled from the class on Monday and taken to a detention center after showing the digital clock to teachers at his suburban Dallas high school.
The boy, who became a sensation on social media after word spread that he had been placed in handcuffs and suspended for coming to school with a homemade clock that teachers thought resembled a bomb, said, he plans to transfer out of MacArthur High School, AP reported.
After the incident, police declined to seek any charges against Ahmed Mohamed, but his arrest and suspension ignited a wave of criticism of police and school officials and raised suspicions that they had overreacted because of the boy’s religion.
The clock looked “suspicious in nature,” but there was no evidence the boy meant to cause alarm at school, says Police Chief Larry Boyd. He considers the case closed.
“I built the clock to impress my teacher, but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her. So it was really sad she took the wrong impression of it,” Ahmed said in a conference.
“Go for it! Don’t let people change who you are, even if you get a consequence for it. I suggest you still show it to people, at least show them your talent,” Ahmed replied, when asked what he would say to other kids who like tinkering.
The clock made Ahmed a star on social media, with the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed tweeted more than 900,000 times by late Wednesday afternoon. Linda Moreno, attorney representing Ahmed, said the family is considering taking legal action against police after officers interrogated, handcuffed, searched, booked and fingerprinted the teen.
President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and thousands of others were showing support for Ahmed.
“Cool clock, Ahmed,” Obama had tweeted. “Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.”