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We all remember 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed who was arrested in September after he created a homemade clock and took it to school. School officials in Texas believed
the clock, which was assembled inside a briefcase, was a bomb.
Once the situation was cleared up, Ahmed was not charged with a crime
and was subsequently released to his parents. Google and Facebook both invited the teen to
visit, impressed by his tech skills. Time magazine named Ahmed one of the most
influential teens of 2015. In October, he and his family announced that they were moving to Qatar to attend school after he was offered a scholarship by the
country's Foundation for Education, Science and Community.
Just a month later, Ahmed Mohamed is making headlines again. This time he is
seeking $15 million for the severe psychological trauma he suffered as a result
of the arrest, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Attorneys representing Ahmed, made a legal complaint against the Irving
Independent School District and the city of Irving, Texas.
The letter to the city says: "Irving Police
officials immediately determined that the clock was harmless. The only reason
for the overreaction was that the responsible adults involved irrationally
assumed that Ahmed was dangerous because of his race, national origin and
The lawyers accuse the police of "wrongful interrogation,"
after Ahmed claimed he'd asked for his parents but the request had been denied.
Both letters to the city and the school district demand written
apologies from Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and Police Chief Larry Boyd. The
letters request the written apologies and the money be delivered within 60 days
or there will be a lawsuit.