- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Chelsea Clinton said Friday she hopes young inventors are encouraged by the widespread support that a 14-year-old Muslim boy in Texas received after he was handcuffed and suspended for bringing a homemade clock to class that officials mistook for a possible bomb.

At a school she attended when her father, former President Bill Clinton, was Arkansas’ governor, Chelsea Clinton said she hoped teachers would find more ways to support students who invent things.

“It’s important that we continue to encourage kids to be creative and be inventive. I think we need every kid to believe they can invent the clock, whatever that might mean,” Clinton told reporters, referencing the news about Ahmed Mohamed. “I think none of us could have envisioned a cellphone that looks like the iPhone 30 years. So who knows what Ahmed may go on to create?”

Ahmed became a star on social media this week, with the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed tweeted more than 1 million times. Even Clinton’s mother, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama, got behind the teen. Officials have said the boy’s religion was not a factor.

Chelsea Clinton is touting her new book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going” an illustrated guide for young people looking to become involved in political and social causes. She said it was partly inspired by a book she read in Arkansas as a child, “50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth.”

At Horace Mann Magnet Middle School near downtown Little Rock, Clinton said that she was “struck by how curious young people are and how much more perceptive young people are to what’s happening in places like Arkansas but also around the world” than adults give them credit for.

Clinton’s mother will swing through the state in coming days for a fundraiser and speech. Chelsea Clinton also toured a children’s library named for her mother and was set to speak at a lecture organized by the school of public service named for her father.

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