Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old student who in September brought a DIY clock at school falsely described as a hoax bomb, is now seeking $10 million dollars as compensation for the damages the incident had caused to him and his family.
Through his lawyer, he is also asking for a written apology from Mayor Beth Van Duyne and from Police Chief Larry Boyd. Atty. Kelly Hollingsworth detailed how Duyne, Bord and other City of Irving officials all conspired to paint Mohamed and his family as terrorists. “Ahmed will now forever be associated with bomb making wholly without basis. Many believe that Ahmed and his family are terrorists, similar to those responsible for the September 11th attacks on the Twin Towers,” the lawyer wrote in a letter first reported by WFAA8.
The highlight of the said conspiracy was when Duyne appeared on Glenn Beck’s television show. There, she accused Mohamed’s family members of using the story as “an influence operation” in order to stage the coming “civilization jihad.” Show’s host Beck used Mohamed as an example of “the final throes of weakening us to the point to where we don’t ask any questions, to be ready for final confrontation, total confrontation.” Duyne nodded agreeably as Beck continued with the conspiracy theory.
As a result of all this, Mohamed suffered psychologically and emotionally as he had been branded as a terrorist. Hollingsworth noted that a blogger edited Mohamed’s picture with Osama bin Laden’s beard and ranted against the “parents of this little terrorist in training.” The lawyer also cited a website where Mohamed was portrayed as the “Clock Boy” for a Halloween costume.
Furthermore, the City of Irving officials’ treatment of Mohamed’s case caused his siblings being harassed and scared at school. His father’s business had also lost clients. One of his sisters was fired from her job. The whole family was also threatened as their home address was tweeted out. Mohamed put all the blame to himself for his family’s misfortune thereby suffering severe psychological trauma.
The family had since moved to Qatar. Hollingsworth wrote, “On an elemental level, the Mohamed family’s life as any of them had known it evaporated that day at the hands of the Irving ISD and City of Irving.”