Approximately two years ago, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed earned the nickname “clock boy” when he brought a homemade clock to school that looked so much like a bomb that his teacher called the police and had the kid arrested.
Claiming that his son’s civil rights had been violated, Ahmed’s father filed a lawsuit seeking restitution from the City of Irving, Texas and Irving Independent School District. On Thursday, a judge dismissed the entire case.
On September 14, 2015, Ahmed brought the suspicious-looking clock to school and gained national attention for his arrest, even inspiring President Obama to invite him to the White House to see his “cool clock.”
Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Mohamed, said that the police who arrested his son were overly forceful with the Muslim teen, who was subsequently booked, finger printed, interrogated and had his mugshot taken for having created a ‘hoax bomb’. The charges were later dropped, but Ahmed’s family demanded $15 million dollars in damages prior to filing the lawsuit.
According to the judge who heard the case on Thursday, “Plaintiff does not allege any facts from which this court can reasonably infer that any IISD employee intentionally discriminated against Ahmed Mohamed based on his race or religion.” In addition, he ruled that the suit failed to identify any policy, custom, or practice of the City that may have motivated a violation of Ahmed’s Fifth Amendment rights.
When the lawsuit was originally filed in 2016, the school district pointed out that Ahmed deliberately disobeyed his teacher by activating the clock despite her warning.
Mohamed’s complaint claimed that Irving Independent School District has an “ugly history of race struggles,” and the State of Texas and the IISD have a “history of discrimination against Muslims in Texas curriculum and schools.”
The judge said that Ahmed was not discriminated against because of his race or religion.
Mohamed may file an amended complaint by June 1.
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