Parents of boy whose clock was mistaken for bomb treat reporters to pizza


After Ahmed Mohamed was catapulted to international fame for the mistreatment he received when a clock he made was mistaken for a bomb, reporters flocked to his family home.

So how did the 14-year-old’s parents respond to a horde of reporters who showed up at his home? They treated them with pizza and drinks.

Ahmed's parents treated reporters to pizza before son held press conference Photo/Courtesy
Ahmed’s parents treated reporters to pizza before son held press conference Photo/Courtesy

The reporters, from numerous news outlets in the U.S, were stationed at the family’s doorstep waiting for the press conference with Ahmed to begin.

Ahmed began the press conference with the Muslim greeting for peace “as-salaamu alaykum”, before saying he wanted to use his moment of publicity to ‘help every other kid in the entire world that has a problem like this’.

He said: “I built the clock to impress my teacher, but when I showed it to her; she thought it was a threat to her. So it was really sad she took the wrong impression of it.”

The intelligent teenager said that he was grateful for the widespread support. His father also commented on the arrest and said‘That is not America. That is not us. That is not like us.’

Ahmed’s story has attracted massive media attention and it has been used to highlight the discrimination that Muslims have faced in post 9-11 America.

US President Barack Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have both extended invitations to Ahmed.

Report by: Elainer Mogoa

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