The Texas Muslim high-schooler made the news in 2015 when he was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school that looked strikingly similar to an improvised explosive device. The initial lawsuit alleged that the city of Irving and Irving school district discriminated against Ahmed Mohamedat Irving MacArthur High School in September of 2015.
FOX News Mohamed, a Muslim teenager who was 14 years old at the time, brought a homemade clock to school to show his engineering teacher. But an alarm on the clock went off in his English class and the teacher confiscated it. He was sent to the principal’s office.
The lawsuit claimed Mohamed’s civil rights were violated when he was interrogated at length without his parents and arrested on hoax bomb charges. Police originally said Mohamed was not very forthcoming and the school as concerned that the device was possibly the infrastructure for a bomb. Officers acted in an abundance of caution.
“It was a very suspicious device. We live in an age where you can’t take things like that to school. Of course we’ve seen across our country horrific things happen. We have to err on the side of caution,” Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd told FOX 4 in 2015. The charges against Mohamed were later dropped but the school still suspended him for three days.
Mohamed’s story went viral on social media and was invited to the White House, participated in Google’s science fair and included in Time’s “Most Influential Teens of 2015” list. The family eventually moved to Qatar where Mohamed was given a scholarship.
“We hear over and over again about how great this has been for Ahmed because he got to meet the president and got to meet some famous people. Those things have lasted five minutes,” attorney Susan Hutchison said. “Moving his whole family to Qatar, losing their home here, the constant barrage of horrible, hateful, mean, terrible things that people are saying to this little boy… he has to endure that all day, every day.”
MILO While his obvious stunt was decried by many, including his fellow students, then-President Obama took it upon himself to invite Ahmed to the nation’s capital in his now-infamous tweet, which read in part, “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?” Ahmed was also celebrated as some sort of child prodigy by Hillary Clinton and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Following the media fanfare over Ahmed’s actions, his family demanded that the school district and the city of Irving, Texas to award the teenage boy $15 million in “damages,” claiming that he was a victim of “Islamophobia” after he was arrested on hoax bomb charges. When they refused, his family sued.
It didn’t go their way, and was dismissed in May 2017.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed amended the lawsuit, which was dismissed on Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay ordered that the suit against the defendants be “dismissed with prejudice” and that “all relief requested b y the plaintiff is denied.” The judge also ordered that the plaintiff (Ahmed’s father) pay “all allowable and reasonable costs.” Justice is served.
CLOCKBOY, the so-called Muslim boy ‘genius,’ didn’t invent anything, didn’t even build anything. He took apart an existing clock, and transplanted the guts into a pencil box, put it in a briefcase, and claimed it was his own creation.