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Ahmed the Clock Kid Peaces Out, Moves to Qatar

"Fuck the haters!" one assumes he said during takeoff.

by Mike Pearl
Oct 20 2015, 9:02pm

READ: Calling Bullshit on the Internet's Islamophobic Memes

If you were one of the internet trolls who called for the deportation of Ahmed the Clock Kid (yep they really exist), you're kind of getting your wish right now. Kind of. And only one day after he met President Obama.

According to The Washington Post, Ahmed is now going to pursue his education in a prestigious program in Qatar. "Fuck the haters," one assumes Ahmed said the moment his plane took off.

You probably remember Ahmed Mohamed as a 14-year-old kid from Irving, Texas who went to school a month ago with a homebrewed piece of computerized technology he was calling a clock and using as a clock. It's not clear why he had it, but then again, the device also wasn't dangerous. The clock apparently scared his teacher who called the cops and got him arrested—as in "taken away in cuffs." Unfortunately the thing was a clock, which made the teacher look super racist, and Ahmed was adorable, so he became a media sensation.

While America was falling in love with Ahmed, the right wing internet was having a field day with the story. They decided that Ahmed's clock wasn't really homemade, or at least not homemade enough, and it really did look like a bomb, so therefore fuck that adorable 14-year-old kid!

A family friend named Anthony Bond, told The Washington Post "Everybody's vilifying him, and he's not a villain. He's a 14 year old boy," adding, "The whole world was concerned about this, and it's impossible that anyone could have expected this international reaction."

One of those international reactions was an invitation from the Qatar Foundation for Education, that will let Ahmed join something called a "Young Inventors Program." So if we're going to be dicks to him in the States, he'll be inventing shit in Qatar.

That's after he got to go to "Astronomy Night," at the White House, to meet Obama, and—in a twist that was probably even more fun—Bill Nye the Science Guy, and NASA administrator Charlie Bolden. Prior to that event, Ahmed had been on a whirlwind "I dropped out of school and am suddenly famous!" tour, during which he met Queen Raina of Jordan, and—since he has Sudanese ancestry—the fairly horrifying president of Sudan.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Ahmed wrote that he was excited about his big move to Doha, Qatar: "I loved the city of Doha because it's so modern. I saw so many amazing schools there, many of them campuses of famous American universities. The teachers were great. I think I will learn a lot and have fun too."

He thinks that now, but let's not forget he's on the cusp of puberty, and 15 is a rough year for anyone.

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Note: The location where he was taken in handcuffs was on campus, not a jail, as a previous version stated.

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