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  •  A federal judge ruled both the city of Irving, Texas and the school district do not owe damages to Ahmed Mohamed’s family
  • In 2015 his teacher at MacArthur High School called the police because she thought a clock Ahmed made was a ticking bomb
  • Ahmed’s father,  Mohamed Mohamed, filed a lawsuit claiming his son’s Fifth Amendment rights were violated by the arrest
  • Judge said there was no proof of ‘racial or religious’ discrimination 

    A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Ahmed Mohamed’s father, saying the family will not get a payout from the city of Irving, Texas or the school district for the ‘clock boy’ scandal, has learned.

    On September 14, 2015, 14-year-old Ahmed gained national attention when his high school teacher suspected he brought a bomb to school.

    Ahmed was surprised and showed the teacher it was actually a homemade alarm clock. She told the Muslim teen she would keep it behind her desk for the rest of the day.

    Ahmed Mohamed’s (left) father Mohamed Mohamed (right) filed a lawsuit claiming his son was owed unspecified damages from the City of Irving, Texas and the school district. He accused the parties of violating Ahmed’s Fifth Amendment rights for his wrongful arrest

    Later that day, the teacher called the police who arrested Ahmed at MacArthur High School.  Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Mohamed, claimed the officers were overly forceful in pulling him from his chair. He says they yanked his arms up and behind his back so far that his right hand touched the back of his neck.

    Ahmed was booked, finger printed, interrogated and had his mugshot taken for the offense of a ‘hoax bomb’. The charges were later dropped.

    Mohamed filed a Federal lawsuit against the City of Irving, Texas and Irving Independent School District accusing them of violating his son’s civil rights.

    His father alleged the way Ahmed was arrested was overly forcefulAhmed was arrested at MacArthur high school in 2015 for his ‘hoax bomb’ which was actually a homemade alarm clock. His father alleged the way Ahmed was arrested was overly forceful

    Court papers obtained by reveal on May 18, a judge dismissed the entire case. The lawsuit sought unspecified compensatory and punitive damages along with attorney fees.

    The judge wrote: ‘Plaintiff does not allege any facts from which this court can reasonably infer that any IISD employee intentionally discriminated against Ahmed Mohamed based on his race or religion.’

    Further, he notes that the suit failed to identify any policy, custom, or practice of the City that was allegedly the moving force behind any violation of Ahmed’s Fifth Amendment rights.

    When the lawsuit was first filed in 2016, the district hit back at the Mohamed family’s allegations saying Ahmed deliberately disobeyed his teacher by activating the clock despite her warning.

    The judge said the  failed to allege any facts from which the court could reasonably conclude that Ahmed was discriminated against based on his race or religion.

    The ruling said the suit had: ‘Absent allegations of intentional discrimination, or allegations from which the court can reasonably infer intentional discrimination, Plaintiff fails to allege an equal protection violation against the IISD.’

    Mohamed’s complaint also said Irving Independent School District has an ‘ugly history of race struggles,’ and the State of Texas and the IISD have a ‘history of discrimination against Muslims in Texas curriculum and schools.’

    Prior to filing the most recent lawsuit, the family demanded $15 million dollars in damages in the months after the arrest.

    Damages are only granted for intentional discrimination. Mohamed is allowed to file an amended complaint by June 1.




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