Remember Ahmed Mohamed? He’s the high school student who made a crappy clock and then got arrested on the suspicion that it was a bomb. Political correctness debates started thereafter, with President Obama inviting Mohamed to the White House after the incident. The family then moved to Qatar in 2015, but returned the following year for the summer. In August of 2016, the family filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming they infringed on his civil rights (via WaPo):
Nearly one year after 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing a “suspicious-looking” homemade clock to class, his family has filed suit against his former Texas school district, the principal of the high school and the city of Irving.
The lawsuit filed Monday claims that Ahmed’s civil rights were violated in the incident that made the 9th grader go viral last September.
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.— President Obama (@POTUS44) September 16, 2015
Now, a federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit. Mohamed’s lawyers have until June 1 to provide additional evidence that their client faced discrimination based on his religion (via Fox4News Dallas/Fort Worth):
A federal court has thrown out the civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of the Irving teenager known as “Clock Boy.”
The lawsuit alleged that the city of Irving and Irving school district discriminated against Ahmed Mohamed at Irving MacArthur High School in September of 2015.
The city and school district both denied violating Mohamed’s rights or discriminating against him because of his religion. On Friday, a judge granted their request to dismiss the suit.
“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,” the ruling states.
Mohamed’s attorneys now have until June 1 to submit additional facts that might help prove discrimination; otherwise, the case will be closed.