Rep. Ellison carried a clock to support teen arrested over his science project


The 14-year-old Texas boy who was arrested after he brought a homemade clock to school, which one teacher said looked like a bomb, has the support of at least one U.S. representative from Minnesota.

Rep. Keith Ellison carried a clock around with him Wednesday, as he spoke at a Congressional Black Caucus conference and voted on the House floor that night, the Huffington Post reports.

You can see the clock in the photo above, which Ellison tweeted on Wednesday.

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the U.S. House, told the site he's "proud" to stand with high school freshman Ahmed Mohamed, who found himself thrust into the national spotlight after he was handcuffed and taken from his school to a juvenile detention facility Monday, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Ahmed, whose family is Muslin, had made a homemade clock the night before and brought it to MacArthur High School to impress his teachers, the Washington Post reported – but it beeped in English class and when he showed it to the professor, they said it looked like a bomb, Mohamed said on MSNBC.

He was detained and questioned shortly after, though police have since said he won't be charged with anything.

His arrest, and the initial suspicion, has been criticized by many as racial and religious profiling, with Vox calling it a "textbook" example.

"Discriminatory profiling doesn’t have a place in our country," Ellison told Huffington Post. "Ahmed is working hard and being creative. It’s a shame that a boy is faced with such injustice in America."

Since the incident broke, attention on Mohamed has skyrocketed, with media at one point crowding on to the family's Texas lawn to speak with the boy.

Since then, President Barack Obama has invited the boy to the White House and workers with Google, Twitter and Facebook have offered opportunities, USA Today reports.

Mohamed is in the process of transferring to a different high school, according to reports.

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