Chanda Prescod-Weinstein stands with Ahmed

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Chanda Prescod-Weinstein offers words of encouragement to 14-year-old budding engineer Ahmed Mohamed. The Muslim ninth-grader has been in the media spotlight since being arrested on September 14, 2015 at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas for bringing in a homemade clock. Ahmed says he’d built the device in the hopes of impressing his teachers. He was eventually arrested by police on suspicions of attempts to make a bomb and later released.

The arrest of has generated massive support for Ahmed, including hashtags like #IStandWithAhmed and #HelpAhmedMake and an invitation to the White House from President Obama.

“I just want to say, you are my ideal student,” said Dr. Prescod-Weinstein in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. “A creative, independent thinker like you is the kind of person who should be becoming a physicist. As a theoretical physicist, I would love it if you took an interest in the mathematical side, although you’re clearly very adept with your hands and at building things.”