The family of Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Muslim boy who was arrested last week for bringing a homemade clock to school, has withdrawn him from MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, BBC News
"Ahmed said: 'I don't want to go to MacArthur,'" Ahmed's father told The Dallas Morning News
on Tuesday. "These kids aren't going to be happy there."
Ahmed, who was accused of making a "hoax bomb," was arrested by Irving police. The arrest has been heavily criticized.
"I built a clock to impress my teacher but when I showed it to her she thought it was a threat to her," Ahmed said in a news conference last week. "I'm very sad that she got the wrong impression of it."
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said he is Muslim and the case serves as an example of the climate of hate and manufactured fear around the religion.
Ahmed told reporters that he was "pleased" the charges against him were dropped and although he is currently taking a break from school, he has received numerous enrollment offers from other schools.
BBC reports that the entire family is set to fly to New York on Wednesday where United Nations dignitaries want to meet Ahmed. After New York, Mr. Mohamed hopes to takes his son on a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia where he will "ask Allah to bless this time."
"An apology has already been made by all of my supporters," Ahmed said in the press conference.
And, when a reporter shouted to the Texas teenager if he will be going to the White House, Ahmed excitedly responded, "Yes!"
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