US Muslim teen accused of clock bomb suing Texas city, school for $15 million

His attorneys are seeking $5 million in damages from the school district and $10 million from the city of Irving


Afp November 24, 2015
Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas for allegedly bringing a hoax bomb to school, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Washington. PHOTO: AP

CHICAGO: The Muslim teenager arrested when a teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb threatened to sue his school and the town of Irving, Texas for $15 million, his lawyer said Monday.

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, became an overnight sensation in September after his sister tweeted a photo of the aspiring inventor standing in handcuffs while wearing a t-shirt with the United States space agency NASA's logo.

Read: Muslim student arrested in US after home-built clock mistaken for bomb

President Barack Obama joined a surge of public support by congratulating the teen on his skills and inviting him to bring the clock to the White House in what was seen as a pointed rebuke to school and police officials amid accusations of Islamophobia.

Invitations poured in from Facebook, Google, the United Nations and Mohamed later tweeted photos of visits to Mecca, New York, Sudan and Qatar.

But his lawyer insists there was a dark side to his fame, which caused "severe psychological trauma," according to a letter notifying the city and school district of his demands.

The son of Sudanese immigrants who lived in a Dallas suburb, the young robotics fan brought in a homemade clock to impress a new teacher at MacArthur High School.

Instead, Mohamed was accused of trying to scare people with a hoax bomb and escorted from the school in handcuffs.

His lawyers insist that the school, police force and city officials violated Mohamed's rights by wrongfully accusing and detaining him and then decided to "trash" him when the media got wind of the story.

Read: Obama invites arrested Muslim schoolboy to White House

"Ahmed clearly was singled out because of his race, national origin and religion," attorney Kelly Hollingsworth wrote.

The letter noted that Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne called the clock a "hoax bomb" during an appearance on the Glenn Beck television show and nodded as Beck and his other guest called the story "an influence operation" in furtherance of a coming "civilization jihad."

"Not only was this dangerous 'baiting' that destroyed any chance the Mohamed family ever had of being truly safe and secure in the United States, but it was also defamatory," his lawyers wrote.

The family received threatening emails and left their home after their address was publicised.

They eventually moved to Qatar after Mohamed was offered a generous scholarship.

Read: If they thought Ahmed brought a ‘bomb’, why didn’t they evacuate the school?

His attorneys are seeking $5 million in damages from the school district and $10 million from the city of Irving and said they will file a civil suit if they do not receive a reply within 60 days.

COMMENTS (17)

Ch. Allah Daad | 5 years ago | Reply His move is shameful, disrespectful and dishonest. President Obama has already apologized, top dignitaries have compensated but he and his family has proven that they were not worthy of any apology. A family prefers to settle in Qatar and still claims that it has human rights.
Tommy Gunn | 5 years ago | Reply Funny how many people criticize the US & don't like anything about it BUT they don't mind milking the same US for millions of $$$ when they get a chance.
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