Ahmed Mohamed, the clock-building boy genius who was arrested when his invention drew looks of suspicion at school, woke up to find that #IStandWithAhmed was the No. 1 trending topic in the world. Within hours, Hillary Clinton had tweeted him and encouraged him to “stay curious.” President Obama personally invited him to bring his “cool” clock to the White House for a personal demonstration. NASA tweeted about him. CAIR stepped in. Company after company, including Twitter, offered him on-the-spot internships and job offers.

Not a bad day overall, it seems, for a kid who put together a digital clock. So we have to confess we’re a bit curious: why is there a prayer vigil being held outside Mohamed’s high school? And since when do public schools allow prayer vigils on school property?

NBC 5 of Dallas-Fort Worth was there.

As Twitchy reported, Ahmed’s father is no stranger to media attention.

Meanwhile, more and more people are risking being branded Islamophobes and wondering what kind of clock is built inside a briefcase.

Writing at Townhall.com, Jim Hanson, executive vice president at the Center for Security Policy, says:

It’s nanny state, zero tolerance policies that take away the ability to apply common sense to complicated situations. In this case, whether or not to put cuffs on a 14 year old when he brings something to school that causes questions to be asked.

But as far as the other question, was the clock device he brought to school a legitimate cause for concern, the answer is an unequivocal yes. I have built and taught classes on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and the clock he brought to school is a dead ringer for the trigger used on many of these homemade bombs.

Well, President Science thinks it’s a “cool clock” and says Ahmed can bring it by the White House any time.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.