A lawsuit. How surprising. The family moved back to the US in June. The father had lots of nice things to say about the US. He left out the part where he must think the country is a cash cow.
Nearly a year after Irving police arrested and interrogated him for bringing a homemade clock to school, Ahmed Mohamed said Monday that he still feels the hate. And it hurts.
“I get a lot of hate. I got a lot of support in the beginning but it’s the hate that sticks,” said Ahmed, 14. “I get death threats. What did I ever do to someone to get death threats?”
Irving’s so-called “clock boy” made his comments Monday in Dallas where he, his parents and their lawyers announced a federal lawsuit against the city of Irving, the Irving Independent School District and MacArthur High School Principal Daniel Cummings.
The Hutchison & Stoy law firm of Fort Worth is representing Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, in the suit, which seeks unspecified damages.
The suit alleges Ahmed’s civil rights were violated last September after Irving police mistook his clock for a bomb.
“Despite the fact that they knew it wasn’t a bomb, that he never threatened anyone, that he never said it was a bomb, that he never alarmed anyone,” said co-plaintiff attorney, Susan Hutchison. “Despite all of those things, they yanked him out of his chair, put him in handcuffs and arrested him. There was no cause for arrest.”
Hutchinson said the lawsuit was based on the Equal Protection Clause and Title VI. She also asserted that the school district has a history of discrimination.
The U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating the school district on complaints of harassment and discipline of students on the basis of race, religion and national origin.
For those who may not remember the details, here’s a some background:
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