Houston: The family of Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teenager who was arrested after a teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb, has demanded $15 million (Rs 99.5 crore) in compensation and written apologies from Irving city’s mayor and police chief, their lawyers have said.
Ahmed with his father. Pic/AFP
An attorney for the family wrote in letters published by the local media seeking $10 million in damages from the city of Irving, Texas, and $5 million from the local school district, adding that they will file a civil suit if they do not receive a reply within 60 days. Ahmed’s family has moved to Qatar after accepting a foundation’s offer to pay for the teen’s education.
Ahmed became an overnight sensation after his sister tweeted a photo of him in handcuffs while wearing a NASA-logo t-shirt.
Ninth-grader Ahmed had brought a digital clock, made from a pencil case, to his school in Irving to show it to his teacher, who mistook the device to be a bomb. Hours later, he was handcuffed and arrested by law enforcement officers. Ahmed had showed it to another teacher earlier in the day without consequence. But in his English class, a teacher told him it “looked like” a bomb.