Texas Teen Gets Back the Clock That Made Him Famous

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 24, 2015 5:00 PM CDT
Texas Teen Gets Back the Clock That Made Him Famous
The homemade clock that made him famous was returned to Ahmed Mohamed Friday as his family prepares to move to Qatar.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The 14-year-old Muslim boy arrested after a homemade clock he took to his Dallas-area school was mistaken for a possible bomb has gotten the item back as he and his family prepare to move to the Middle East. Police say Reggie London, an attorney for Ahmed Mohamed, picked up the clock Friday. Police say the teen's family was told Sept. 18 that the clock was ready for retrieval, and Ahmed tweeted Friday: "GOT MY CLOCK BACK FINALLY!!" Ahmed took the clock to his high school to show a teacher Sept. 14, but another teacher thought it could be a bomb. Police ultimately chose not to charge Ahmed with having a hoax bomb.

Ahmed's family said Tuesday they'd accepted a foundation's offer to pay for his high school and college in Qatar and that the whole family would be moving there. Ahmed had visited Qatar during a whirlwind several weeks following the incident that even included a stop at the White House. An attorney for Ahmed, Thomas Bowers, said Friday that he was "not sure" when the family would be leaving for the Middle East. The family told the Dallas Morning News that among their reasons for leaving were attacks they've faced since Mohamed became a celebrity. (More Ahmed Mohamed stories.)

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