Remember Ahmed Mohamed, the boy who was arrested last year for bringing a homemade clock to his school? He has now filed a lawsuit against his school officials and the city of Irving Texas.
The lawsuit claims that the school officials violated his civil rights and 14th Amendment right to equal treatment under the law. His lawsuit also claims that the school district has a history of racial discrimination.
Mashable reports that District spokeswoman Lesley Weaver has said that district attorneys will review the suit and decide what to do next. “Irving ISD continues to deny violating the student’s rights and will respond to claims in accordance with court rules,” she said.
Mohamed was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, last September after bringing the clock — which was made out of a plastic pencil box and hardware salvaged from his parents’ garage — in to show his English teacher.
He was swiftly charged with having a hoax bomb.
The charge was later dropped, but Mohamed was still suspended for three days. He never returned to the school.
Mohamed showed the clock to reporters during a news conference Monday.
The family has since moved to Qatar, citing threats and a scholarship offered to Mohamed out there. He’s due to start 10th grade at Qatar Academy in Doha in September.
“For the safety of my family, I have to go back to Qatar, because right now it’s not very safe for my family or for anyone who’s a minority,” Ahmed said during Monday’s news conference.
While in Texas, Ahmed said, he has to wear a hat, sunglasses and a hoody. “I can’t walk out of the house without being covered up because I might get shot because that happens here,” he said.
His parents, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed and Muna Ibrahim, have not found work in Qatar and so the family of eight is living in government housing and on food vouchers
Mohamed was flooded with support following the incident. Mark Zuckerburg invited him to Facebook HQ, Steve Wozniak called him a “modern day hero,” NASA praised him, and President Barack Obama even invited him to the White House.