Ahmed Mohamed, An Irving school student, has demanded a compensation of $15 million and apologies from Irving City’s mayor and the police when the police had arrested him on the complaint of his teacher who took his clock for a bomb, said his attorneys.
The family’s attorney demanded $10 million in damages from Irving City, and $5 million from local school district, adding the victim’s family will file a civil suit if they don’t receive a reply in two months.
Meanwhile, Ahmed’s family shifted to Qatar accepting an offer to pay for Mohamed’s education. Stating that the boy’s reputation has been “permanently scarred”, they said the incident caused “psychological trauma” not to speak of the mental and physical anguish.
In September, when Ahmed took a digital clock, made from a pencil case, to school he didn’t expect his teacher to call the police take the clock for a bomb. Hours later, Mohamed found himself in handcuffs and arrested by police officers.
Overnight Mohamed, 14, became famous after his sister tweeted a Mohamed’s photo in a t-shirt adorned with NASA’s logo and standing in handcuffs.
Subsequently, US President Barack Obama invited Ahmed to the White House and also enquired about his “cool clock”.
In a TV appearance, Irving City mayor Beth Van Duyne called the clock a “hoax bomb” and went on to say Ahmed didn’t cooperate with the cops during questioning. Attorney Kelly Hollingsworth said the family has demanded an apology from him for his remarks as they wanted to return to Irving City.
The attorneys also said when his English teacher told him it “looked like” a bomb, immediately he was told not to contact his parents and “pressurised to sign a statement admitting he intended to bring a ‘hoax bomb’ to school.”
The family’s letter states the school principal threatened to expel Mohamed if he did not sign the confession. An Irving School District spokeswoman said the district had received the letter of demand and that its own lawyers would “respond as with any legal matter”.