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The family of Ahmed Mohamed, the Texan schoolboy who was arrested after taking a homemade clock to school, has demanded $15 million 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,” said the letter to the city authorities.
“The school and city officials involved knew what they needed to do to protect Ahmed’s rights. They just decided not to do it.”
The teenager made international headlines in September after he was detained when he took a homemade clock to school. A teacher contacted police after claiming the clock looked like a bomb.
The teenager and his father claimed he had been a victim of Islamophobia.
After he was arrested, the 14-year was subsequently invited to the White House by Barack Obama who tweeted about his “cool clock”.
The youngster later met Mr Obama when he attended a science evening at the White House, albeit without his clock.