Judge Dismisses 'Clock Boy' Lawsuit (Photo)

| by Sheena Vasani

On May 18, a Texas federal judge dismissed "clock boy" Ahmed Mohamed's father lawsuit alleging his son was the victim of religious and racial discrimination.

Ahmed, then age 14, captured international attention on September 14, 2015 after he was arrested and suspended for three days upon bringing a homemade clock to MacArthur High School, the CBS News reports reports. Ahmed is Muslim.

His teacher, suspecting it was a bomb, alerted authorities.

Ahmed's father, Mohamed Mohamed, alleged police used unnecessary force, pulling his son out of his chair before yanking his arms up and far behind his back.

The teenager was then booked, fingerprinted and interrogated before deemed innocent and cleared of all charges.

Ahmed's father promptly filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Irving, Texas, and the Irving Independent School District for reportedly violating his son's civil rights and demanded $15 million in damages.

He also added the school district had an "ugly history of race struggles," while the State of Texas and the IISD have a "history of discrimination against Muslims in Texas curriculum and schools."

Federal Judge Sam Lindsay dismissed the case, saying there were no facts to prove Mohamed's allegations. Consequently, unless the family chooses to file an amended complaint by June 1, they will not receiving anything in compensation.

"Plaintiff does not allege any facts from which this court can reasonably infer that any IISD employee intentionally discriminated against Ahmed Mohamed based on his race or religion," the judge said, adding Mohamed failed to prove a specific city policy, custom, or practice drove them to violate Ahmed's civil rights.

"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," added the ruling.

The case's outcome was met with mixed reactions on social media.

"I am a white educator and I believe the judge got this wrong," wrote one Daily Mail reader. "There is no doubt in my mind that if a red haired or blond haired little boy or girl brought this EXACT same science project into the classroom, the police would NOT have been called."

Others supported the judge's ruling.

"Anyone that's taken a close look at that clock he 'built' would know it was nothing but a disassembled alarm clock and it was put into that case with the INTENT of looking suspicious," added another. "I honestly believe he was put to doing it so they could sue."

Sources: CBS News, Daily Mail / Photo credit: h080/Flickr, KFDW

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