Clock Kid's Family Sues School

Ahmed Mohamed's family files suit over his arrest
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 8, 2016 9:30 AM CDT
Ahmed Mohamed in 2015.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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(Newser) – The family of a Muslim boy who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school has sued Texas school officials, saying they violated the 14-year-old boy's civil rights. The lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of Ahmed Mohamed, reports the AP. The teen was arrested at his suburban Dallas high school in September and charged with having a hoax bomb, though he says he brought the homemade clock to school to show his teacher. The charge was later dropped, but he was still suspended.

The lawsuit names Irving Independent School District, the city of Irving, and the school's principal. A district spokeswoman didn't immediately return a phone message seeking comment Monday morning. The family has since moved to Qatar, citing threats and a scholarship offered to Ahmed in the Persian Gulf country. The family had previously sought $15 million and an apology. (Read more Ahmed Mohamed stories.)

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