Ahmed Mohamed, 14-year old who was arrested for taking homemade clock to school in Texas, is seeking $15 million in compensation and an apology from the City of Irving and Irving Independent School District.
In two letters, Ahmed’s law firm demanded a total compensation of $15 million, including $10 million from the city and $5 million from the school.
In addition, Ahmed’s family wants the city’s Mayor Beth Van Duyne and Police Chief Larry Boyd to submit written apologies, because they believe that Ahmed was mistreated. According to Ahmed’s family, he received threatening emails after this incident, causing “severe psychological trauma”. His arrest, according to the letters, was a violation of Ahmed’s civil rights, and his family suffered physical and mental pain.
The lawyers said in the letters that they would file a civil action suit if the city and school does not agree on these demands.
“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,” according to the letter, The Independent reported.
“The school and city officials involved knew what they needed to do to protect Ahmed’s rights. They just decided not to do it.”
Ahmed was offered a full scholarship from Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community in October. His family moved to Qatar from Texas for Ahmed’s schooling.
In September, Ahmed was arrested by police for taking a homemade clock to school, after a teacher thought the clock looked like a bomb.
Later, Ahmed was invited by Barack Obama to the White House. He met with Mr. Obama while attending a science evening at the White House.
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