Texas ‘clock kid’ goes from arrest to White House visit

John M. Grunsfeld, left, NASA's Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, takes a photo with Ahmed Mohamed, right, the Texas teenager arrested after a homemade clock he brought to school was mistaken for a bomb during the second-ever White House Astronomy Night on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Texas teenager who was arrested after a homemade clock he brought to school was mistaken for a bomb is visiting the White House.

Ahmed Mohamed got a personal invitation from President Barack Obama for Monday’s “Astronomy Night.”

The president uses the event to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Last month, Ahmed brought the clock to his school to show a teacher, but another teacher thought it resembled a bomb. Police ultimately chose not to charge the 14-year-old student with having a hoax bomb, though he was suspended.

Obama subsequently Tweeted an invitation to Ahmed, and said the U.S. should inspire more kids like him to enjoy science.

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