Less than 24 hours after meeting with the president, Obama’s Muslim ‘Clock Kid’ and his family announced that they’re leaving the US and moving to Qatar.
In a prepared statement, the family said, “Our family has been overwhelmed by the many offers of support we have received since the unfortunate incident of Ahmed’s arrest. From the White House to Sudan, to Mecca, we have been welcomed by a variety of individuals, businesses and educational institutions, which have all provided Ahmed with real encouragement and the ambition to continue to work hard.
It continued, “After careful consideration of all the generous offers received, we would like to announce that we have accepted a kind offer from Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) for Ahmed to join the prestigious QF Young Innovators Program, which reflects the organization’s on-going dedication to empowering young people and fostering a culture of innovation and creativity. This means that we, as a family, will relocate to Qatar where Ahmed will receive a full scholarship for his secondary and undergraduate education.”
After accepting the scholarship, “Clock Kid” Mohamed said, “I got to meet other kids who are also really interested in science and technology. I think I will learn a lot and also have lots of fun there.”
Clock Kid became famous overnight after he brought a clock that looked like a bomb to his school — he was arrested for it. His motives for bringing the clock to school remain unknown. Many believe that his family set up the situation to get attention from the media.