Ahmed Mohamed was the center of attention in 2015, when his he brought a suspicious looking open-circuit “clock” to school, that looked very similar to a bomb.
He claimed that he just wanted to show his teachers how intelligent he was, so when they arrested him for a “fake bomb,” his father claimed that his rights were violated. Of course, Obama and his media outlets jumped on the story, claiming racism and anti-Muslim intentions.
“Mohamed’s arrest sparked a social media firestorm over his treatment, with supporters alleging he faced discrimination because of his religion and ethnicity. Users dubbed Mohamed “clock boy” and expressed support with the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed. Mohamed was among the guests invited to the White House for an astronomy event andseveral weeks after his arrest.”
The teachers tell a different story, however—they say that he wouldn’t stop showing it around, despite constant warnings. They say that the clock looked exactly like an improvised bomb, and they took it away when Ahmed wouldn’t stop waving it around, even when other students became visibly uncomfortable.
Despite this, Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Mohamed, filed a lawsuit against the City of Irving, Texas, and school district. He claims that his son’s 5th amendment rights were violated, and that he was forcefully pulled from his chair. He says that police manhandled his son, and yanked his arms up behind his back, so far up that they touched the back of his neck.
Thankfully, a sane judge just had the case dismissed. Daily Mail reports:
“Court papers obtained by DailyMail.com reveal on May 18, a judge dismissed the entire case. The lawsuit sought unspecified compensatory and punitive damages along with attorney fees. “
“The judge wrote: ‘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.’ “
“Further, he notes that the suit failed to identify any policy, custom, or practice of the City that was allegedly the moving force behind any violation of Ahmed’s Fifth Amendment rights.”
“When the lawsuit was first filed in 2016, the district hit back at the Mohamed family’s allegations saying Ahmed deliberately disobeyed his teacher by activating the clock despite her warning.”
“The judge said the failed to allege any facts from which the court could reasonably conclude that Ahmed was discriminated against based on his race or religion.”
The Plaintiff’s main argument was centered around how the Irving Independent School District has an “ugly history of race struggles,” and the State of Texas has a “history of discrimination against Muslims in Texas curriculum and schools.”
Judge Sam Lindsay of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, however, says that there was no evidence to support these claims. It seems logical that, anyone who brings in a device resembling a homemade bomb, whether Muslim, Christian, or Jewish, should be subject to legal action.
He gave the plaintiffs a deadline of June 1 to file an amended complaint, and an attorney representing Mohamed said that they plan to do so.