A lawsuit filed on behalf of the Irving MacArthur High School student known as “Clock Boy” has been thrown out by a federal court. The lawsuit alleged discrimination against Ahmed Mohamed by the Irving school district and the city of Irving, though a lack of supporting facts led a judge to dismiss the suit.
When he was 14, Mohamed brought a homemade clock to into a classroom with the intent of showing his engineering teacher. The clock was confiscated by his English teacher when the clock’s alarm sounded during class and Mohamed was sent to the principal’s office.
Mohamed was interrogated by authorities regarding the device as there were concerns it was a bomb and not a clock as Mohamed stated. He was also arrested on hoax bomb charges. Initial statements made by the police said Mohamed was not particularly forthcoming regarding the device leading the school to be concerned regarding its nature and whether it could potentially be part of an explosive device.
As reported by Fox 4, Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said, “It was a very suspicious device,” continuing, “We live in an age where you can’t take things like that to school. Of course, we’ve seen across our country horrific things happen. We have to err on the side of caution.
Charges against Mohamed were eventually dropped though he still received a three-day suspension from school.
The lawsuit was filed stating that Mohamed was the victim of civil right violations related to his ethnicity and religious preferences. Mohamed and his family are practicing Muslims.
The judge that heard the request to dismiss the case gave the following reason for his decision: “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.”
Attorneys representing Mohamed have until June 1 to produce more evidence that supports any discrimination occurred as was originally stated in the lawsuit. Without additional facts, the case will be formally closed.
The lawsuit against the city of Irving and the Irving Independent School District sought unspecified compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney fees.