The law firm representing Ahmed Mohamed, who has become known as Clock Boy, has sent the Irving City Hall and Irving School District a letter demanding $10 million and $5 million respectively for the poor treatment of Mohamed.
If the government refuses to cough up the $15 mil, the law firm will file a suit for damages. The city and school have 60 days to comply.
In a letter sent Monday, the law firm Laney & Bollinger also demanded a written apology from Mayor Beth Van Duyne and Police Chief Larry Boyd. The attorneys are claiming that Mohamed’s civil rights were violated.
“Ahmed never threatened anyone, never caused harm to anyone, and never intended to,” read the law firm’s letter to the city. “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 protect Ahmed’s rights. They just decided not to do it.”
Mohamed made headlines in September, when it was reported that he was arrested and suspended from school for bringing a homemade clock to class, though skeptical observers familiar with electronics noted that the homemade clock was really just a commercial clock without the casing. A teacher reported him to the police, who subsequently took him out of class, leading Mohamed’s father to claim Islamophobia. President Barack Obama invited Mohamed to the White House.
The school has been unable to tell its side of the story, owing to federal educational privacy laws, but if a lawsuit is filed, that muzzle will immediately be lifted.
Mohamed’s family has since moved to Qatar, an absolute monarchy which runs the country based on Sharia law and also has the fourth-highest number of slave laborers in the world.
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