The lawyer for Ahmed Mohamed, 15-year-old boy whose teacher thought he had brought a bomb to class, after he took a homemade clock to school and was arrested by the Texas police last September, stated that this incident caused "incalculable long-term effects” on him and demanded $10m from the city of Irving and $5m from the Irving Independent School District.
“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," a letter sent to city authorities stated.
“The school and city officials involved knew what they needed to do to protect Ahmed's rights. They just decided not to do it.”
"Irving Police officials immediately determined that the clock was harmless. The only reason for the overreaction was that the responsible adults involved irrationally assumed that Ahmed was dangerous because of his race, national origin and religion,” his lawyer added.
Ahmed previously spoke with US President Barack Obama during astronomy night –an annual event honouring science, space exploration and youthful endeavor– at the White House.
“We have to watch for and cultivate and encourage those glimmers of curiosity and possibility, not suppress them, not squelch them,” Obama said to the audience, which included astronauts, scientists and students on the South Lawn, which is located directly south of the mansion, and is bordered to the east by East Executive Drive and the Treasury Building.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also met with Ahmed while attending the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Davutoglu and his wife took a selfie with Ahmed to show their solidarity .