The Texan schoolboy, Ahmed Mohamed been everywhere from the Google to the White House since he brought in his homemade clock to School which was mistaken for a bomb. President Barack Obama joined a powerful public support by congratulating the teen on his skills, in what was seen as a pointed rebuke to school and police officials amid accusations of Islamophobia. His family was overwhelmed by offers to support Mohamed’s education and decided to move to Qatar after receiving a full scholarship for his secondary and undergraduate education, his father told the Dallas Morning News.
The 14-year-old and his family has demanded $15m in compensation and written apologies from the local mayor and police chief. In letters sent on Monday, the lawyers said if the City of Irving and Irving School District did not agree to the apologies and compensation, they would file a civil action.
“Ahmed never threatened anyone, never caused harm to anyone, and never intended to. The only one who was hurt that day was Ahmed, and the damages he suffered were not because of oversight or incompetence,”“The school and city officials involved knew what they needed to do to protect Ahmed’s rights. They just decided not to do it.” said the letter to the city authorities.
The two letters sent by the Laney and Bollinger law firm, requested a written apology from Irving’s Mayor Beth Van Duyne, who had defended the actions of the staff at MacArthur High School, and Police Chief Larry Boyd. The letters claimed the teenager’s civil rights were violated and that he and his family suffered physical and mental anguish. They claim he was singled out because of his “race, national origin, and religion.” The letters demanded $10m to be paid to the family by the City of Irving, and $5m from the school district.
The letters affirm if officials failed to comply with the requests, the law firm would file a suit.