Muslim teen, arrested last year over clock, sues Texas school district

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Irving 'Clock Kid' Set To File Federal Lawsuit

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The family of a Muslim boy, who was arrested last year after taking a homemade digital clock to a Dallas area high school, sued the Texas school district and the city where he once lived on Monday, saying they violated the teenager's civil rights.

The suit, filed in federal court on behalf of by his father, claims the Irving Independent School District and the city west of Dallas had discriminated against the teen because of his religion, which it said was a factor in his arrest.

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The school district was not immediately available for comment.

The family has previously demanded $15 million from the city of Irving and the school district.

The 2015 arrest of Ahmed Mohamed, then a 14-year-old bespectacled ninth-grader who dabbled in robotics and attended high school in Irving, had ignited a social media firestorm.

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Ahmed Mohamed (2-L), a 14-year-old Sudanese Muslim teenager from the United States who became an overnight sensation after a Texas teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb, looks on during an interview in the capital Khartoum on October 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Student Ahmed Mohamed (L) and National Geographic Society CEO Gary Knell attend the Social Good Summit at the 92nd Street Y on September 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for Global Goals)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) and Sare Davutoglu (L) take a selfie with 14-year-old Muslim boy Ahmed Mohamed (C) arrested for bringing a homemade clock what school officials and police described as a hoax bomb on campus in New York on September 26, 2015. (Photo by Hakan Goktepe/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 17: Ahmed Mohamed, a Texas Muslim teen arrested after taking his homemade clock to school, explains his clock at his house in Irving, Texas on September 17, 2015. A Texas Muslim teen arrested after taking his homemade clock to school, on Wednesday accepted an invitation by President Barack Obama to show off his invention at the White House. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed is comforted by his father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, as they attend a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: 14-year-old Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed stands with his father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: 14-year-old Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed speaks during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: 14-year-old Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed, surrounded by his family, speaks during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: 14-year-old Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed is greeted by a supporter during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Attorney Linda Moreno, Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed, and Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed address the media during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed, 14, was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
Ahmed's sister told me to post this. Yes this situation is real for those questioning. http://t.co/Oxd0JxUS6O
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: Israa Abdellah, 17, a student at Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving, Texas, holds a sign in support of Ahmed Ahmed Mohammed on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
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Irving police accused him of making a hoax bomb.

After Mohamed was seen in a NASA T-shirt in handcuffs, the Twitter hashtag #IStandWithAhmed trended globally, and the teenager was praised by Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who said: "Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest."

A few months after the incident, Ahmed and his family moved to Qatar after the teen has accepted an offer from the Qatar Foundation to study at its Young Innovators Program. The announcement of the move came a few hours after Ahmed visited the White House for an astronomy night hosted by President Barack Obama.

The teen returned to the United States a few weeks ago for summer vacation and told the Dallas Morning News in an exclusive interview that he missed his friends in Texas and the diversity of the United States.

"I just want to invent," he told the paper. "I want to help the world a lot, and it would be amazing to see my creations in action."

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