Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was handcuffed and taken away from his school in Irving, Texas, earlier this week after school officials grew suspicious of a digital clock he had made in a pencil case over the weekend. Expressing his admiration for the high school student's curiosity about science, President Obama has invited Mohamed to the White House.
Teachers and police weren't satisfied with Mohamed's explanation that his invention was simply a clock. After they questioned him about the possibility that he was trying to perpetrate a bomb hoax, Mohamed was suspended for three days, the student's family says.
President Obama isn't the only person to voice support of Mohamed, who is a freshman at MacArthur High School. The hashtag #IStandWithAhmed is drawing thousands of messages on Instagram and on Twitter.
One image that was posted was a revised version of the NASA logo — the teen was wearing a NASA T-shirt when he was detained by police.
In many others, people simply photographed themselves with clocks.