Ahmed Mohamed, the 15 year-old Muslim kid who was invited to the White House after he was arrested for bringing a clock that he allegedly built to school, has filed a $15 million lawsuit:
The son of Sudanese immigrants who lived in a Dallas suburb, the young robotics fan brought in a homemade clock to impress a new teacher at MacArthur High School.
Instead, Mohamed was accused of trying to scare people with a hoax bomb and escorted from the school in handcuffs. His lawyers insist that the school, police force and city officials violated Mohamed's rights by wrongfully accusing and detaining him and then decided to "trash" him when the media got wind of the story.
"Ahmed clearly was singled out because of his race, national origin and religion," attorney Kelly Hollingsworth wrote.
Let's stipulate that zero tolerance rules in schools are asinine and Mohamed shouldn't have been arrested. Let's also stipulate that there are far better examples of kids getting harmed by zero tolerance rules than Mohamed, considering his clock really did look a heck of a lot like an IED. Seriously, start showing a "clock" that looks like that to people in public places and see if it doesn't start alarming people.
The willingness to ignore facts here to serve a politically correct narrative is pretty damning. Ahmed Mohamed and his family have since relocated to Qatar, not exactly a bastion of tolerance that encourages open inquiry. In any event, if the lawsuit does proceed, the discovery process should be interesting.
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