‘Clock Boy’ lawsuit thrown out in federal court

A federal court has thrown out the civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of the Texas teen known as “Clock Boy.”

The lawsuit claimed that the city of Irving and the Irving school district discriminated against Ahmed Mohamed Irving MacArthur High School in September 2015.

Mohamed, a Muslim teenager of 14 years, in that time, brought a homemade clock to school to show his engineering teacher. But the alarm on the clock went in his English class and the teacher confiscated it. He was sent to the principal’s office.


“A. M. never indicated the device is something other than a clock, never threatened anyone with harm, never claimed to have made a bomb, and had never tried to scare or cause alarm to anyone. When he asked for his parents, he was told that he did not speak with them, because he was in the middle of a trial,” his lawyer argued, according to the ruling of the court.

In the lawsuit claimed that Mohamed’s civil rights were violated when he was interrogated at length without his parents and was arrested on the fake bomb charge.

When his father finally arrived at the school a few hours later, the court documents state that he “tried to explain to Officer Howman that A. M. was interested in the robotics and the created things, but she was not willing to listen to his explanation.”

The police originally said Mohamed was not very clean and at the school concerned that the device is possible that the infrastructure for a bomb. Officers acted in an abundance of caution.

“It was a very suspicious device. We live in a time where you can’t take things like that to school. Of course, we have seen in our country, horrible things happen. We have the certain for the uncertain,” Irving police chief Larry Boyd told FOX 4 in 2015.

The charges against Mohamed were later withdrawn, but the school still suspended him for three days.

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