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, however, 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 Independent 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.   (function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519172910&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=SOLR&videoGroupID=155847&relatedNumOfResults=100&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=cen...
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