The family of Ahmed Mohamed (aka “Clock-Boy”) the high school freshman who made international headlines after being arrested for bringing a suspicious looking “homemade clock” to school, filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the Irving Independent School District and the City of Irving.
Irving ISD officials confirmed the lawsuit to WFAA News 8:
“Legal counsel for Irving ISD has confirmed that the school district was named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed today in Dallas federal court by attorneys for a former Irving ISD student. As with any legal matter of this nature, attorneys for the school district will review the filing and respond as appropriate. Irving ISD continues to deny violating the student’s rights and will respond to claims in accordance with court rules. Because this matter is now in litigation, Irving ISD officials will have no further comment at this time. Irving ISD employees are focused on welcoming 35,000 students for the 2016-2017 academic year and doing everything possible to ensure each student is achieving his or her maximum potential.”
The lawsuit claims the Ahmed”s civil rights were violated after school officials mistook his clock for a bomb and that his “wrongful interrogation” was due to his race.
The family is seeking $15 million in damages and an apology from district officials.
The city of Irving said it welcomed the opportunity to let all the facts to be revealed in a statement Monday.
“The city of Irving is prepared to vigorously defend itself and the justifiable actions it took in this matter. The legal process will allow all facts to be revealed, and the city welcomes that opportunity. The city of Irving’s top priority is to ensure the safety and security of its children and the entire community. The city will continue to take its duty and responsibility to serve and protect the public seriously.”
There are reasons the city of Irving is looking forward to being able to tell their side of the story in court.
For one thing, it’s not true that school officials “mistook his clock for a bomb.” They mistook it for a “hoax bomb.” There’s a difference. The contraption — which took a minimal amount of effort and about half a minute to assemble– appeared to school officials and police to have been specifically designed to look like a briefcase bomb and cause alarm.
An electronics enthusiast on YouTube last year demonstrated how much effort went into Mohamed’s “invention.”
Last September during an interview with Glenn Beck, Irving Texas Mayor Beth Van Duyne revealed that the family of Ahmed Mohammed not only repeatedly refused to meet with city officials but refused to sign a school release form that would have explained the school and police’s side of the story.
Instead, the family held a press conference in their front yard flanked by CAIR lawyers, basking in the media attention. The president complimented the fourteen year old “wiz kid” on Twitter and invited him to the White House. The young hoaxter was feted by celebrities, given lavish gifts by big corporations, and went on a world tour in October that included a chummy visit with the evil, genocidal, war criminal President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan. Clock-Boy was able to meet with Obama later that month at the White House Astronomy Night. While he was in Washington DC, Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, called for a new amendment to the US Constitution, presumably to end the kind of cruel ethic profiling his son had suffered.
Here, Clock-Boy recounts to the sympathetic media all the damages he’s suffered due to the school’s actions.
Last October Mayor Van Duyne said she was “shocked” when she saw the president’s tweet to Ahmed Mohammed, complimenting him on his “cool clock.”
She said “it seems to be an underlying habit that he is going to second guess police officers without any kind of information.”
She later noted that the president had tweeted about the case and invited Ahmed to the White House before the pictures of the clock were even publicly available. Obama made no attempt to contact her office before making public comments in support of the Muslim teen.
The mayor also said: “I now have our police chief who is a wonderful, wonderful man, a family man, a churchgoing man, and I now have our police officers as well as a number of teachers, school administrators, receiving death threats as a direct result of this. It is unfortunate, and it has got to stop.”
“As a juvenile, they can not release those records. The school district, a number of times, has asked the family, to release the records, so that you can have the balanced story out there. The family is ignoring the request from the ISD.”
Van Duyne told Beck that if the records were available it would “help to describe why it progressed as it did.”
Well, the records should now be available in court– and they’re going to tell an interesting backstory about this family. Sometimes “discovery” can be a bitch.
Yep – Ka-CHING! But, it’s not about the money …
That’s a million bucks for every minute of fame!
PS: It’s “Irvine, California”.
Actually, it’s Irvine, TX.. Easy to tell, too – the people in authority were actually concerned about what appeared to be unfolding, and totally unconcerned that it was such a cute little muzzy boy.
Had it been Irvine, CA, the people in authority wouldn’t have touched the muzzy simply because he IS a muzzy.
If, on the other hand, one of the precious little guvmint-school charges had brought a BIBLE (!!!!) to school, well, that’s a camel of a different color and it’s simply not humane to subject all the imported muzzies to such blatant, discriminatory garbage as is found in the Bible…
Got time to pull another one out of the ether, ND?
Sorry about that Carlos. And thanks for setting that guy straight.
Completely off subject, but as a big rig driver I’ve got a lot of time for my mind to go places. It’s time for term limits. Our system of governance was set up for citizen participation, not a ruling political class. Seems like the political class believes they are above the laws that govern the rest of us, and they are in charge of determining their own salaries and benies at the taxpayers’ expense. I can’t think of another industry (and yes, politics has become an industry that produces nothing real but a lot of grief for those dependent upon government regulation) where the inmates are in charge of their own well-being at the expense of those who pay for their (the taxpayers) own regulation.
BTW, if Billary is elected, do you realize she and Bubba will be getting taxpayer pensions for his presidency, her senatorship, her being SecState, and then her presidency, not to mention any pension from Arkansans who saw fit to elect the rapo twice. I believe that works out to nearly a mil a year at today’s rate, let alone what our career politicians will add to it in the future!
The ether is going to kill me, ND. I suppose I should work an extra month and get a decent laptop…
One more time, please. Or maybe you’ve accidentally put me on a “Check before Allowing Post” list or something. : )
Carlos, I just made a little fix in the spam filter that will hopefully correct the problem. Is has to do with a former (really vile) troll who had a name similar to yours.
I’m hoping that now with school started, I’ll have a little more time to post over here. This blog is barely alive, these days.
Thanks, ND. I’m so technologically inept it’s frustrating beyond belief. I won’t even go through those “self-checkout” areas in grocery stores…
Just heard the Donald say Hillary was willing to sell out our national security for a big, fat pile of cash for her “foundation.”
Funny, since his “pivot” on immigration it seems he’s willing to sell out the nation’s economic security for a big, fat pile of votes.
He keeps saying he’s willing to consider citizenship for those who’ve lived here ten or fifteen years and haven’t broken the laws. Besides sounding a lot like the amnesty that he was so against when he started all this, he forgets that by definition anyone who is here illegally is a criminal to begin with…
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