Family of Muslim teen arrested over clock files lawsuit

In middle school, he often showed off his creations to his teachers.

Hutchison said in a written statement that Mohamed's treatment represented a "blatant disregard" for his civil rights.

Subsequently, the charges were dropped, but the story dominated the 24-hour news cycle and even drew attention from President Obama, who invited him to the White House on Astronomy Day.

While in Texas, Ahmed said, he has to wear a hat, sunglasses and a hoody.

The lawsuit claims that Ahmed Mohamed's rights were violated by the Irving school district, Irving MacArthur High School Principal Daniel Cummings and Irving police when the youth was scrutinized for possibly having a fake bomb, not a homemade clock.

Mohamed and his family moved to Qatar in October, but the family returned to Irving in June for the summer.

Former Irving, Tex., MacArthur High School student Ahmed Mohamed, 14, posed for a photo following his September 14, 2015 arrest.

The detention and suspension of Ahmed became a story of global interest - he took on the nickname of "clock boy" - because he was a Muslim at a time when anti-Muslim sentiment was raging.

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District spokeswoman Lesley Weaver said in a statement Monday that attorneys for the district will review the suit and determine a course of action.

Late past year, attorneys representing Mohamed reportedly sent demand letters to the City of Irving and the Irving Independent School District seeking an apology and payment of $15 million to avoid further litigation, the NY Post reported.

Among the claims made in the suit, which was brought by the teen's father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, is that the boy's right to equal protection under the law was violated and that officers arrested him without probable cause.

Irving's police chief later called Ahmed's arrest on charges he made a hoax bomb a "mistake", according to the suit.

Breitbart Texas reported the letters alleged innumerable claims about Ahmed Mohamed's September 14, 2015 detainment, among them "Islamophobia".

Irving ISD and city officials have not yet commented on the suit.

Hutchison argues that IISD history of discrimination particularly towards African American and Muslim students culminated in Ahmed's arrest.

"I've matured more. It's normal to mature but I've matured way more since I got a little bit of publicity, and I'm happy for it", Mohamed said. "History tells us that when we have stood tall and proud for equality and freedom, we have grown as a nation".

  • Phil Peters