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Ahmed Mohamed, the Clock Kid, Is Suing His Former Texas Town for Discrimination

The suit claims that Mohamed felt he had been treated unfairly as a Muslim student since arriving in Irving, Texas.

by VICE Staff
Aug 8 2016, 7:49pm

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Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim teenager who caused an uproar after he brought a homemade clock to school that his teacher thought was a bomb, is now suing Irving, Texas, for violating his civil rights, NBC reports.

Last September, Mohamed brought a homemade clock he fashioned out of old electronic parts to MacArthur High School in an effort to impress his teacher. The teacher, though, mistook the box of wires for a bomb and called the cops. Mohamed was suspended from school for three days, and the outrage around the school's profiling prompted a White House invitation from President Obama, led to a meeting with Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and gained him almost 100,000 Twitter followers. Mohamed and his family later moved to Qatar, so he could further his education.

The new lawsuit, filed on behalf of Mohamed and his father, names the Irving Independent School District, Mohamed's former principal Daniel Cummings, and the city as defendants. The suit reportedly claims that Mohamed was treated unfairly as a Muslim student since arriving in the town as a third grader and cites discrimination under the Civil Rights Act.

According the NBC, the city said it hadn't yet been served with the lawsuit but wrote in a statement, "The legal process will allow all facts to be revealed, and the city welcomes that opportunity."

Read: A Muslim Kid Got Arrested Because His Teacher Thought His Homemade Clock Was a Bomb

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