Pharrell Williams, Janelle Monae and more support Ahmed Mohamed, boy arrested over clock

Musicians use #IStandWithAhmed to rally behind 14-year-old schoolboy Ahmed Mohamed

Pharrell Williams, Janelle Monae, Ne-Yo and The Roots’ Questlove are among the musicians showing their support for 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, the schoolboy arrested for making a clock.

Ahmed Mohamed was arrested on Wednesday (September 16) for bringing his homemade clock into school. As reported by The Guardian, Mohamed’s English teacher and school principal believed the clock was a bomb. Mohamed was summoned to his school office to explain the device and was then put in handcuffs, led off school premeses and suspended.

Mohamed’s story spread across the internet, drawing support from tech companies who praised his innovation and President Barack Obama, who invited him to visit the White House to take part in an astronomy night.

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In a press conference outside his home, Mohamed commented: “I built the clock to impress my teacher, but when I showed it to her she thought it was a threat to her. It was really sad that she took a wrong impression of it.”

Despite the support for Mohamed, his school and local authority insist they took the correct action and Mohamed is still suspended from school.

Support has grown for the teenager across social media, with users picking up the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed

Janelle Monae tweeted, “We should uplift more boys/girls like Ahmed!” While Pharrell Williams encouraged him to keep creating, “Ahmed, it’s innovative, curious, bright minds like yours who move humanity forward. You are our future. Keep inventing! #IStandWithAhmed.”

Rapper Talib Kweli and Def Jam record label founder Russell Simmons offered their support, while Ne-Yo offered him a route into the music industry, tweeting, “Hey @istandwithAhmed, if you ever want to get into the world of music, let me know. #theworldisyours #IStandWithAhmed”

Meanwhile, The Roots’ Questlove took to Instagram to show his support.

See the posts below:

⌛️⌛️⌛️⌛️ is running out. We have no more ⌛️⌛️⌛️⌛️ for this. #IStandWithAhmed.

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