Rabat - Lawyers representing Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim schoolchild who was arrested for taking a homemade clock to class, are demanding $15 million from his city and school as damages.
Rabat – Lawyers representing Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim schoolchild who was arrested for taking a homemade clock to class, are demanding $15 million from his city and school as damages.
According to the Huffington Post, “Attorneys representing Ahmed are demanding $15 million from the Irving Independent School District and the City of Irving, as well as an apology from the city.”
Ahmed’s attorneys want $5 million in damages from the school district and $10 million from the city of Irving, threatening to file a civil suit if they do not receive a reply within 60 days.
The Irving Independent School District confirmed to Huffington Post that they have received the letter from Ahmed’s legal representatives.
In a statement, the school said “Our attorneys will review the information and respond as appropriate, as with any legal matter.”
Despite the fame and widespread support Ahmed has received following his arrest after his teachers mistook his clock for a bomb, his lawyer said “There was a dark side to his fame, which caused severe psychological trauma,” according to a letter notifying the city and school district of his demands.
“Ahmed clearly was singled out because of his race, national origin and religion,” attorney Kelly Hollingsworth wrote, according to AFP.
After Ahmed’s arrest made international headlines, the teen received widespread from world leaders and support on social media with the trending hashtag #IStandWithAhmed.
Ahmed and his family are reportedly living in Doha after The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community offered him a full scholarship in October.