Texas ‘clock kid’ goes from arrest to White House visit

Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas for allegedly bringing a hoax bomb to school, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Washington. Mohamed is in Washington for a visit to the White House for White House Astronomy Night. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Texas teenager who was arrested after a homemade clock he brought to school was mistaken for a bomb is visiting the White House.

Ahmed Mohamed got a personal invitation from President Barack Obama for Monday’s “Astronomy Night.”

The president uses the event to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Last month, Ahmed brought the clock to his school to show a teacher, but another teacher thought it resembled a bomb. Police ultimately chose not to charge the 14-year-old student with having a hoax bomb, though he was suspended.

Obama subsequently Tweeted an invitation to Ahmed, and said the U.S. should inspire more kids like him to enjoy science.

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