Texas teen arrested over clock back in US for summer

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, file photo, Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, after a homemade clock he brought to school was mistaken for a bomb, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, in Washington. Mohamed of Irving and his family are preparing to move to the Middle East. He’s accepted a foundation’s offer to pay for high school and college in Qatar (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

DALLAS (AP) — A Muslim student who moved to Qatar with his family following his arrest at his suburban Dallas high school when a homemade clock he brought to class was mistaken for a possible bomb has returned to the United States for the summer.

KDFW-TV reports 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed returned to Texas on Monday.

The teenager says he’s happy to be back home and seeing his friends and family is his first priority. He will stay in Irving, the Dallas suburb where he used to live, before traveling around the U.S.

“I’ve matured more. It’s normal to mature but I’ve matured way more since I got a little bit of publicity, and I’m happy for it,” Ahmed said.

“It’s beautiful to be here in USA,” said Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed. “It is our home and it is our country and we love it. As you see, if there is something wrong, America will stand for it and that is what happened. Something was happening to my son. Everybody has a heart, has children, Something is wrong, so they stood for it.”

Mohamed was arrested in September after a teacher mistook his homemade digital clock for a bomb but was quickly released. His family questioned whether he was mistreated due to his religion and eventually left Irving after reporting threats.

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