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自制闹钟招致错误逮捕 美高中生获释后获众筹奖学金

不久前,德克萨斯州的Irving校方负责人报警称,14岁的高中生Ahmed Mohamed可能携带了自制炸弹闹钟到学校。该消息在网络上不胫而走,支持Ahmed的人们团结一致,并制作了#IStandWithAhmed(我们支持Ahmed)标语来支持这个蒙冤被捕的少年。现在,Ahmed希望网络上支持他的人也能够给予他经济上的援助。他在众筹网站Launchgood发起了众筹运动,希望筹得资金的一部分作为奖学金能够帮助到他以及更多像他那样的年轻发明家。

这项运动由德克萨斯州及全美其他地区的活跃分子和热心市民联合发起,他们希望能够在30天内筹集到10万美金。截至目前已经筹集了逾1万美元。其中一半资金将作为Ahmed的奖学金。不过目前并未明确指出他是否能用这笔资金完成高中和大学教育。Ahmed表示,因为受到这个事件的影响,他将会申请转学。而另一半资金将用于栽培在STEM教育方面很有潜力的学生。LaunchGood表示,平台已经对亲自对每一位捐助人进行了审核,而且确保筹集的所有资金都物尽其用。

Ahmed被捕消息的迅速传播开来,人们都赞扬起Ahmed对科学的献身精神。Ahmed因此受邀到白宫、Facebook总部,推特还给他提供了实习生的位置。筹款人希望其他的孩子们能够向Ahmed学习。网站称:“年轻人充满求知欲并不是一件坏事。作为国家的一员,我们都应当支持年轻人在科学技术方面不断进步,只有这样,国家才会发展越来越强大。”

School officials in Irving, Texas called the police on 14-year-old high school student Ahmed Mohamed when they suspected that a clock he built himself and brought to school could be a bomb. The internet quickly picked up the gauntlet, and rallied around the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed in support for the wrongly arrested teen. Now Ahmed is hoping that the good people of the internet will show their support financially, as well: he launched a fundraising campaign on crowdfunding site Launchgood for a scholarship that will go to him and other young inventors like him.

The campaign, launched by “a collaboration of activists & compassionate citizens from Texas and across America,” is hoping to raise a total of $100,000 in less than 30 days, and has raised just over $10,000 so far. Half of the money will be used to establish a scholarship for Ahmed, though it’s unclear whether he would use the funds for his college education or to finish high school (yesterday he announced that he’s going to try to change schools in the wake of the incident). The other half of the money will be dedicated to year-long makerspace memberships for kids, like Ahmed, who show promise in STEM fields. LaunchGood says it "has personally vetted each contributor and will ensure all funds raised will reach their intended destination."

Since news of his arrest yesterday went viral, Ahmed has been praised for his dedication to science, invited to the White House and Facebook headquarters, and offered an internship at Twitter. The fundraisers hope that they can encourage other kids to share Ahmed’s passion.

As the web site states, “Young curious minds are not a threat. As a nation, let's support our youth in increasing their competitiveness in science and technology development because this is what will make out country strong. “


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