Lawyer: Clock Kid Is 'Having Issues'

Cops say Ahmed Mohamed can have his clock back
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2015 3:47 AM CDT
Updated Sep 24, 2015 6:20 AM CDT
Lawyer: Clock Kid Is 'Having Issues'
In this Sept. 17, 2015, file photo, Ahmed Mohamed gestures as he arrives at his family's home in Irving, Texas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Things aren't going as well as it might seem for "clock kid" Ahmed Mohamed, according to lawyers his family has hired to investigate the Texas teen's treatment by police. "There’s a problem when you have a 14-year-old child arrested in school and basically humiliated in front of his classmates, his teachers, his friends, and basically the whole world," attorney Thomas Bowers tells the Dallas Morning News. "He may be smiling on the outside, but he's having some issues." Ahmed's father says he won't be returning to the high school that suspended him after a teacher thought his homemade clock was a bomb.

The family's lawyers initially said they were looking at ways to get the clock back from authorities in Irving, but police say they decided to return it to him last week and the family can pick it up anytime, BuzzFeed reports. The lawyers tell the Morning News that they aren't sure yet what legal action the family will take, but they feel that authorities, including Irving's mayor, have tried to "blame the victim," and now that they've been hired, "they'll probably cease comments like that." It's not clear when the family will get a chance to pick up the now-famous clock: Ahmed will meet with UN dignitaries in New York today and his father plans on a trip to Mecca, as well as a White House visit. (More Ahmed Mohamed stories.)

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