A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the father of a Muslim teen arrested after taking a homemade clock to his Irving school.
Student Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested when he brought a homemade clock to school in Irving, Texas, is shown with astronaut Col. Benjamin Alvin Drew at the White House Astronomy Night in 2015.
The lawsuit alleged that the city of Irving and Irving school district discriminated against Ahmed Mohamed at Irving MacArthur High School in September of 2015.
The charges against Mohamed were later dropped but the school still suspended him for three days.
Mohamed Mohamed, the father of the teen now known to the world as clock boy, claims the Irving, Texas police officers used excessive force when removing Ahmed from his school chair.
In January, another lawsuit was tossed out when a state district judge dismissed Mohamed’s claims against conservative commentator Glenn Beck and his network. They were seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages plus attorney fees.
The judge also ruled that the lawsuit failed to prove that the arrest violated Ahmed’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. The judge did not believe proof of discrimination based on Ahmed Mohamed’s race or religion was present in the case presented.
The boy’s family moved to Qatar for safety reasons after the incident, where he was awarded a scholarship from the country’s Young Innovator’s Program. Police and school officials feared the device was a bomb, though they quickly determined the gadget was harmless.
The youth, after his arrest, held news conferences, was invited by then-President Obama to the White House, bragged about his overseas travels and then alerted reporters when he was returning to the United States. The court recognized the challenging situations faced by the individuals who serve our communities in public schools.
“Absent allegations of intentional discrimination, or allegations from which the court can reasonably infer intentional discrimination, Plaintiff fails to allege an equal protection violation against the IISD”, the decision read. The family has until June 1 to provide additional information to support discrimination otherwise the case will be closed. Do you think they need to tone it down?