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Quote by BBC
A boy who was arrested for taking a homemade clock to class is seeking $15m (£10m) from his city and school.

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was held by police and suspended from his school in Texas because his teacher mistook the clock for a bomb.

His lawyer said in a letter that the incident, which made global headlines, sparked threats against the teenager and left him deeply traumatised.

Ahmed and his family have since moved to Qatar to complete his education.

The arrest sparked outrage, sympathy and the trending hashtag #StandWithAhmed.

His lawyers are asking for $10m (£7m) from the city of Irving and $5m (£3.3m) from the Irving Independent School District, saying that Ahmed was "publicly mistreated" and remains scarred.

In addition to the compensation they want an apology, saying that in the aftermath of the arrest, he received threatening emails and feared for his safety, causing "severe psychological trauma".

The lawyers will file a civil action suit if the school does not comply within 60 days, they said.

"Irving Police officials immediately determined that the clock was harmless. The only reason for the overreaction was that the responsible adults involved irrationally assumed that Ahmed was dangerous because of his race, national origin and religion," the lawyers wrote in a letter to the City of Irving.

Ahmed told reporters at the time it was "very sad" that his teacher thought his clock was a threat.

His arrest was sharply criticised, and he received an outpouring of support including an invitation to the White House.

In October, he met Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. Ahmed's father is a Sudanese immigrant to the US who once stood as a presidential candidate against Mr Bashir.

Ahmed also met Google co-founder Sergey Brin and officials from Turkey, Sudan and Jordan.

Texas officials defended their decision, saying they were only concerned with the safety of students.

The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community offered him a full scholarship in October. His family announced they would be leaving Texas and moving so he could attend school there.

TIME Magazine named Ahmed among its "30 Most Influential Teens of 2015" list.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34904226

I mean, yeah, it was pretty clear he was arrested because of his race, but he got his own hashtag, fifteen minutes of fame and a trip to the White House. Why sue for £15m FFS? I hate lawsuit culture.
#2
Good on him. I didn't jerk him off like all the other liberals did, but hopefully he wins.
#4
Lol. He's already milked the situation for way more than it was worth, he doesn't deserve any money. Frankly, I think he deserves detention for being an insolent brat.
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#5
I doubt he is overly involved. It will be his parents and whatever lawyer has been buttering them up.
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I doubt he is overly involved. It will be his parents and whatever lawyer has been buttering them up.


Of course.

Still an absolute joke if it doesn't get thrown straight out of court though.
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Of course.

Still an absolute joke if it doesn't get thrown straight out of court though.

why would it?
#8
A trip to the White House and a twitter hashtag doesnt really do much for public humiliation and what was essentially racial abuse lol

£15m might be excessive, but he deserves some kind of compensation
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why would it?


Because he hasn't been damaged to the tune of $15m. If the principal of the school had stolen his ingenius clock design and made $15m from it, fine. If his legal costs were anywhere near $15m, cool.

But much as it's public humiliation and racial abuse, it doesn't amount to $15m. It's a number plucked out the air in order to opportunistically get back in the spotlight for a bit and get the most out of what was in reality an overblown situation.

He should totally be compensated for any legal costs accrued and the disruption to his education, but that does not come to $15m. If he wins it, taking $5m out of a school budget is going to severly damage the prospects of students for years to come, similarly $10m from a city budget could be far better spent elsewhere.
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You can't forget that the settlement will most likely include punitive damages in that number too, due to incompetence from public workers etc etc
#11
The case is a non-starter. There have been no damages.

The kid is a fraud, his parents are scumbags. End of story.
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Because he hasn't been damaged to the tune of $15m. If the principal of the school had stolen his ingenius clock design and made $15m from it, fine. If his legal costs were anywhere near $15m, cool.

But much as it's public humiliation and racial abuse, it doesn't amount to $15m. It's a number plucked out the air in order to opportunistically get back in the spotlight for a bit and get the most out of what was in reality an overblown situation.

He should totally be compensated for any legal costs accrued and the disruption to his education, but that does not come to $15m. If he wins it, taking $5m out of a school budget is going to severly damage the prospects of students for years to come, similarly $10m from a city budget could be far better spent elsewhere.

While I don't disagree with this, it shouldn't simply be "thrown out of court."

It's also likely that the high sum was generated by the family's lawyer in order to settle outside of court.
#13
Yes, because it was the 14 year old's fault that he was forced into the limelight, and receiving death threats from mouth breathers. That would have no impact on a developing child
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The case is a non-starter. There have been no damages.

The kid is a fraud, his parents are scumbags. End of story.


what makes him a fraud?

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Good for him.
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Yes, because it was the 14 year old's fault that he was forced into the limelight, and receiving death threats from mouth breathers. That would have no impact on a developing child


Yeah, he looked absolutely devastated in the press interviews and during his White House visit.

He took an old digital clock, removed the housing and rehoused it in a case that looked suspiciously like what anyone who has ever watched television thinks a bomb looks like and then took it to school.

But of course he's an innocent "victim" in all this. Poor, misunderstood middle eastern child...who just happened to get a picture with the Butcher of Sudan a while before the incident. Just your everyday Texas teenager.

Fuck off. This was a planned event from start to finish.
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Quote by Arby911 at #33697640
Yeah, he looked absolutely devastated in the press interviews and during his White House visit.

He took an old digital clock, removed the housing and rehoused it in a case that looked suspiciously like what anyone who has ever watched television thinks a bomb looks like and then took it to school.


agre

But of course he's an innocent "victim" in all this. Poor, misunderstood middle eastern child...who just happened to get a picture with the Butcher of Sudan a while before the incident. Just your everyday Texas teenager.


hardly relevant really but alright

Fuck off. This was a planned event from start to finish.


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No conspiracy theories here, just a family playing politics.

But if you really need one, I've heard these are quite good...

http://zapatopi.net/afdb/

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So then of course I HAD to Google it...

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Quote by Arby911
Yeah, he looked absolutely devastated in the press interviews and during his White House visit.

He took an old digital clock, removed the housing and rehoused it in a case that looked suspiciously like what anyone who has ever watched television thinks a bomb looks like and then took it to school.

But of course he's an innocent "victim" in all this. Poor, misunderstood middle eastern child...who just happened to get a picture with the Butcher of Sudan a while before the incident. Just your everyday Texas teenager.

Fuck off. This was a planned event from start to finish.


Don't forget he showed it to a teacher who said "yeah leave that here, don't show anyone else because it does look a bit dodgy". And he went ahead and showed everyone anyway

it literally looked like a child's rendition of a bomb. Not condoning the treatment by the police ect, but the whole situation seems suspicious to me
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Foil amplifies your brainwave signals... all of that was started to further their mind control programs. I'd cite a source but I think mos
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"oh shit I'm late for my random trip to the white house"
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Don't forget he showed it to a teacher who said "yeah leave that here, don't show anyone else because it does look a bit dodgy". And he went ahead and showed everyone anyway

Man who goes his own way, nothing to see here.
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Yeah, he looked absolutely devastated in the press interviews and during his White House visit.

He took an old digital clock, removed the housing and rehoused it in a case that looked suspiciously like what anyone who has ever watched television thinks a bomb looks like and then took it to school.

But of course he's an innocent "victim" in all this. Poor, misunderstood middle eastern child...who just happened to get a picture with the Butcher of Sudan a while before the incident. Just your everyday Texas teenager.

Fuck off. This was a planned event from start to finish.



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#30
That was his clock?! Ok yeah fuck that, it's not even racist that straight up looks like it could be a bomb.
#31
Yup definitely a bomb which is why they totally evacuated the school and surrounding area and didn't put the clock in a police car.


Oh wait. They didn't do all of that. They didn't really think it was a bomb.

Anyway, this wasn't really kid's decision to sue. It was some enterprising lawyer who decided he can get his name out there by contacting the parents and promising them a shit ton of money. And because it's a perfectly normal response in some countries they said "why not? we have nothing to lose."
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*disgusting*

why would you post this godawful thing
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Quote by Arby911
Yeah, he looked absolutely devastated in the press interviews and during his White House visit.

He took an old digital clock, removed the housing and rehoused it in a case that looked suspiciously like what anyone who has ever watched television thinks a bomb looks like and then took it to school.




Lmfao

Yeah honestly kid is pretty annoying sort it out mate that's not a clock you made yourself

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