You may recall back in September when a 14-year-old high school freshman
by the name of
Ahmed Mohamed was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school to show his teacher.
His arrest for bringing what appeared to be a homemade bomb sparked outrage
across the country, as many see the incident as an act of racial profiling
against a Muslin student. Since then, Ahmed and his family have relocated
to Qatar amid fear of threats.
Now, Ahmed’s family plans to file a lawsuit against MacArthur High
School and the city of Irving, Texas seeking more than $15 million in
damages for the violation of the student’s constitutional rights.
Demand letters written to the school district and city by the family’s
attorney allege numerous violations of district and school policies, including
“detaining, interrogating, and attempting to coerce a confession”
from Ahmed. It also claims that Ahmed was harassed by officials and that
he suffered “severe psychological trauma.” Furthermore, the
family’s attorney pointed out in a letter to Irving ISD that the
family’s reputation in the global community has been “permanently
The school district and the city have 60 days to comply with the demands
for $5 million and $15 million dollars and written apologies, respectively,
before the lawsuit is filed.
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