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Why Students Are Saying “#IStandWithAhmed, Too”

Why Students Are Saying “#IStandWithAhmed, Too”

The plight of Texas student Ahmed Mohamed has dominated much of the news cycle this week. On Monday, the high school freshman brought a homemade clock to school to show his teacher. The school's staff, mistaking the gadget for a fake bomb, called police, who arrested and later released the teenager.

The social media world quickly rallied, with hundreds of thousands of tweets using #IStandWithAhmed to support Ahmed. But among the tweets and endorsements from other scientistsSilicon Valley mainstays and even the leader of the free world himself, we felt one viewpoint was conspicuously absent: other students.

This week on the podcast, we speak with four students about Ahmed's experience. Why do they think Ahmed was arrested? How would they change their school to make sure something like this never happens again? 

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