Parents of 'Clock Boy' Ahmed Mohamed Seeking $15M in Damages from City and School

The family is also seeking a public apology


The parents of Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Texas boy detained by police and suspended from school for bringing a homemade clock officials say resembled a bomb to school, are seeking $15 million in damages from his school district and the city of Irving.

The family’s lawyers say Mohamed, who has since moved to Qatar for school (he was offered a full scholarship by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community), was emotionally damaged by the September incident, which saw threats against the boy come in from strangers as the story attracted global attention. The family is seeking $10,000,000 from the city of Irving and $5,000,0000 from the Irving Independent School District, as well as a public apology.

“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 religion,” the lawyers wrote in a letter to the City of Irving, according to the BBC.

Should the district and city not comply within 60 days, the parents will file a civil suit.

Mohamed’s story was met with sympathy from a variety of prominent individuals, including President Obama, who invited him to the White House. He eventually met with Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and officials from Turkey, Sudan and Jordan. TIME named Mohamed as one of its “30 Most Influential Teens of 2015.”

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