In September, high school student Ahmed Mohamed gained fame and became widely known as "Clock Boy" after he was arrested and suspended from school for bringing a clock that bore striking resemblance to a bomb. Mohamed's family claimed he was targeted for his Muslim faith and have now filed a lawsuit claiming a civil rights violation occurred, he was denied his right to equal protection under the law, and that officers arrested him without probable cause, the Associated Press reported.
Following the incident, social media rushed to support Mohamed with #IStandWithAhmed. He received praise from Facebook, Microsoft, Google, CheapAir, President Obama, and Hillary Clinton. As Heat Street mentioned in their reporting, Mohamed "met with Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, also known as the 'Butcher of Darfur,' who is the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes."
Rather than basking in the fame, the family now paints a very different picture.
"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," Mohamed said during a press conference on Monday. He even said he has to wear a hat, sunglasses, and hooded sweatshirt in Texas, claiming he "can't walk out of the house without being covered up because I might get shot because that happens here."
While the family threatened to sue for $15 million in November, no monetary value was mentioned in the lawsuit.
The Irving school district is also facing other legal issues, as it is under investigation by the Department of Justice for allegedly discriminating against other minority students. The city denied any wrongdoing and is "prepared to vigorously defend itself and the justifiable actions it took in this matter."