Parents of 'clock boy' Ahmed Mohamed sue right-wing pundit Glenn Beck for calling their son a terrorist

Ahmed Mohamed's father calls for retraction and unspecified damages

Caroline Mortimer
Wednesday 28 September 2016 15:51
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Ahmed Mohamed said he was made to feel like he 'wasn't human' during the ordeal
Ahmed Mohamed said he was made to feel like he 'wasn't human' during the ordeal

The father of a Muslim boy wrongly arrested after taking a homemade clock into school has sued conservative commentator Glenn Beck and his local mayor for allegedly portraying the family as terrorists.

Mohamed Mohamed filed a defamation lawsuit in Dallas last week on behalf of himself and his 14-year-old son, Ahmed.

In September 2015, Ahmed, then 13, made headlines around the world after taking a handmade clock into his school in Dallas County, Texas, to show his engineering teacher.

It was later confiscated during an English lesson when the teacher wrongly believed it looked like a bomb and called the police.

Ahmed was subsequently taken out of class by the principal and questioned by five police officers before being taken to a juvenile detention centre to have his fingerprints taken.

He was then threatened with charges relating to making a hoax bomb, although they were later dropped.

Ahmed later told the Dallas Morning News he had not been allowed to call his parents during the questioning and was made to feel like he “wasn’t a human” but a “criminal”.

His father’s lawsuit demands a retraction by Mr Beck and the Mayor of Irving, Beth Van Duyne, a jury trial and unspecified damages relating to comments they made in the wake of the arrest.

The lawsuit alleges the Mohamed family were falsely accused of being terrorists by the pair.

In August, the family filed a lawsuit against his school over the arrest, demanding an official apology and $15m (£11.5m) in compensation.

Mr Mohamed alleged that his son’s civil rights were violated and the arrest was Islamophobia.

The suit cited a number of severe disciplinary actions against black students and a history of anti-Muslim feeling in Irving to support the allegations.

Ahmed was removed from the school after the incident.

The Independent has contacted Mr Beck and Ms Van Duyne for comment.

Additional reporting by agencies

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