You probably remember Ahmed Mohamed – the Texas schoolboy who was arrested after he brought a homemade clock to school and a teacher thought it was a bomb.
Well, it looks like his family aren’t content to take the situation lying down and they’ve reportedly demanded $15 million (£10m) in compensation and written apologies from both the local mayor and police chief.
As reported by ABC News, in letters sent to the city authorities earlier today, lawyers said if the City of Irving and Irving School District did not agree to the apologies and compensation, they would file a civil action.
Ahmed never threatened anyone, never caused harm to anyone, and never intended to. The only one who was hurt that day was Ahmed, and the damages he suffered were not because of oversight or incompetence. The school and city officials involved knew what they needed to do to protect Ahmed’s rights. They just decided not to do it.
The teenager made headlines around the world after the unpleasant incident in September, with many – including Ahmed’s father – believing the youngster had been the victim of Islamophobia. Despite not being charged after the arrest, MacArthur high school still suspended Ahmed for three days for bringing the clock to class.
After Ahmed’s horrible experience, some good did come of the situation as the 14-year-old was invited to the White House to meet U.S. President Barack Obama.
The two letters sent by the Laney and Bollinger law firm claimed the teenager’s civil rights were violated by the actions of the school and the police, and that he and his family suffered physical and mental anguish.
They also alleged he was singled out because of his “race, national origin, and religion”, and requested a written apology from the school district, Irving’s Mayor Beth Van Duyne, who defended the actions of the staff at MacArthur High School, and Police Chief Larry Boyd.
The letters demanded $10m to be paid to the family by the City of Irving, and $5m from the school district. If the money isn’t paid and the other demands met within 60 days, the firm plans to launch a lawsuit.
After the incident in September, Ahmed understandably withdrew from the Texas school and his family confirmed recently they plan to move to Qatar after accepting an invitation from the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.