You’ll no doubt remember Ahmed Mohamed, the Irving high school student who was arrested for bringing a bomb to school even though he’d only brought a clock to school. The incident last year spawned a hashtag — #IStandWithAhmed — and resulted in a slew of media appearances by Ahmed and his relocating to Qatar.
Today his family filed a federal lawsuit against the school district, MacArthur High School principal Daniel Cummings, and the city. The suit is a civil rights claim alleging that school and city officials’ actions were motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment that’s especially strong in Irving. (There have been other incidents to support such a claim about the community.)
I guess as part of a promotional tour for the lawsuit, the Mohamed family was meeting with media this morning. Ahmed showed off his clock:
— Jennifer Lindgren (@JLindgrenCBS11) August 8, 2016
Seeing Ahmed’s device again, I’m reminded that he probably didn’t make a clock so much as take the innards out of one and put them together in a different box. Still, didn’t deserve to get handcuffed.