Clock boy. Remember him? Also known as Ahmed Mohamed, he’s the Muslim high school student who was arrested last year in Texas and charged with making what looked like a homemade bomb. Only later to claim it was not a bomb — but rather — a clock that he brought to school to show his teacher. Officials dropped the charges but he was still suspended from school.
After his arrest made national headlines, President Obama invited Mohamed to the White House. Shortly thereafter, Ahmed Mohamed and his family moved back to the Middle East. However, Ahmed moved back to the U.S. last month to visit family and friends.
Ahmed is back in the news as a result of his parents filing a federal lawsuit Monday against Texas school officials and others, saying they violated the 14-year-old boy’s civil rights.
The lawsuit names Irving Independent School District, the city of Irving and the school’s principal.
According to the Associated Press, ‘The Mohamed family questioned whether the boy was mistreated due to his religion but the district has denied the claim. 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. Ahmed was a victim of systemic discrimination by the school district and state Board of Education that has marginalized Muslims and other minority groups, the suit claims.
“History tells us that when we have stood tall and proud for equality and freedom, we have grown as a nation,” the suit says. “When we have given in to fear and hate, we flounder.” The suit adds, “In the case of Ahmed Mohamed, we have the opportunity to take a stand for equality and for justice, two things that should prevail above all else.”
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