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Ahmed Mohamed, center, and father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, left, look on as their lawyer Susan E. Hutchison speaks holding the school pencil box holding the clock Ahmed built during a news conference in Dallas, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. The family of Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested after bringing the homemade clock to school, and charged with having a hoax bomb, filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Texas school officials and others, saying they violated the 14-year-old boy's civil rights. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Family of 'Clock Boy' files lawsuit against Texas high school



The family of Ahmed Mohamed, who became known as "Clock Boy" after Texas school officials mistook his homemade clock for a bomb last year, has filed a lawsuit on his behalf. 

The lawsuit filed by the 14-year-old's father, Mohamed Elhassen Mohamed, alleges that Ahmed's civil rights were violated by the Irving Independent School District, CNN reported. 

The lawsuit also cites "a clear pattern of discrimination based upon race as well as discrimination based upon religion" in the school district. 

Family of 'Clock Boy' files lawsuit against Texas high school

Ahmed was detained in September when one of his teachers thought his homemade clock was a bomb and school officials called police. The 14-year-old was handcuffed and then questioned, but never charged. 

He was eventually released to his parents, but the school suspended him for three days. 

After the incident, #IStandWithAhmed became a trending topic on Twitter and the teen was even invited to attend an event at the White House where a foundation offered him a scholarship to study abroad. 

Ahmed and his family moved to Qatar last fall, but returned to Texas in June, acording to CNN. 

Family of 'Clock Boy' files lawsuit against Texas high school

The lawsuit seeks judgement of damages, but does not list a specific amount. 

The school district did not respond to CNN's request for comment. 

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