Ahmed Mohamed And Family Demand $15 Million In Damages And Apology From School District
Ahmed Mohamed, a Muslim-American teenager from Irving, Texas, who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school, is demanding damages from the city and school district.
Attorneys representing Ahmed are demanding $15 million from the Irving Independent School District and the City of Irving, as well as an apology from the city. They say his civil rights were violated and he and his family have suffered physical and mental anguish as a result of his arrest over a homemade clock, which teachers at MacArthur High School believed was an explosive device.
Ahmed, a young engineer and fan of robotics, modified a pencil case to work as a clock and brought it to school in September, with the intention, he said, of impressing his teacher. He was later accused of trying “to make a bomb,” pulled out of class, sent to the principal’s office, threatened with expulsion and led out of the school in handcuffs.
In letters to the City of Irving and the Irving School District, Ahmed’s attorneys say the way the school and police officials treated him was motivated by “rancid, openly discriminatory intent.” Ahmed was targeted “because of his race, national origin, and religion,” the letters continue.
Ahmed’s attorneys accuse the City of Irving of creating a plan to “trash Ahmed” and spin the story in the city’s favor. One of these strategies included “[pushing] the false narrative that the school’s hands were tied by Texas’ ‘zero tolerance’ law on school discipline.”
“Ahmed never threatened anyone, never caused harm to anyone, and never intended to,” the letter to the city says. “The only one who was hurt that day was Ahmed, and the damages he suffered were not because of oversight or incompetence. The school and city officials involved knew what they needed to do to —> Read More