It all started when a Muslim boy attending school in Irving, Texas, with previous behavior issues brought a briefcase to school that many believed was a hoax bomb intended to strike fear in the hearts of fellow students and teachers. The school called the police. and Mohamed was arrested. After he was arrested, Ahmed Mohamed told authorities that a homemade clock and not a bomb was contained inside the suitcase.
According to court documents, the city accuses Ahmed of repeatedly disobeying his teacher, who told him to keep the device in his backpack.
It also accuses him of displaying and activating the device during class after being told not to, and eventually showed the invention to another teacher who confiscated it.
The city’s response says that Ahmed’s device had a printed circuit board, a 9volt battery, wires, a transfer, a timing display panel and an alarm bell.
The city said: ‘Ahmed brought a device to school which, under the Texas Penal Code, constituted a hoax bomb. Out of an abundance of caution, and for the safety of the school children and school personnel, Ahmed was taken into custody for possessing a hoax bomb at school. After further investigation, all charges against Ahmed were dropped’
Further, the city says that the claim that Ahmed was arrested without probable cause is incorrect.
After his arrest, former Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne took to Facebook to defend the actions of the school district and police, saying their daily work helped make Irving “one of the safest cities in the country.”
Van Duyne, who now works in President Donald Trump’s administration, later amended her post to acknowledge she would have been “very upset” if the same thing had happened to her own child.
Two months after Ahmed’s arrest, the family’s attorney sent letters to city and school officials that demanded they apologize and pay $15 million to stave off a lawsuit.
Ahmed’s father filed a federal suit against Irving and Irving ISD a year after his son was arrested, alleging they had violated the boy’s civil rights. That suit was dismissed in May 2017. The family refiled the suit, and that was dismissed Tuesday.
President Obama couldn’t help but interject himself into the controversy, tweeting an invitation to Mohamed to come to the White House, asking him to bring his fake bomb with him.
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
The Dallas News is now reporting that a federal judge has now dismissed the lawsuit filed against Irving ISD, the city of Irving and several individuals by the father of a teen who was arrested after bringing to school a homemade clock that was mistaken for a bomb.
The federal lawsuit had alleged that Ahmed Mohamed’s civil rights were violated in September 2015 when Irving police officers took him into custody at MacArthur High School and charged him with making a “hoax bomb.” The then-14-year-old was also suspended from school for three days.
The charge against Ahmed was later dropped. The boy and his family have since moved to Qatar.
The suit, filed by Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed on behalf of his son, had asked for unspecified damages. It had been amended twice since it was initially filed in August 2016.