As if free travel to meet dictators and lucrative foreign school scholarships weren’t enough, attorneys for a 14-year-old Muslim boy arrested after the “homemade” clock he took to his Dallas-area school was mistaken for a possible bomb said Monday he deserves $15 million.
A law firm representing Ahmed Mohamed sent letters Monday demanding $10 million from the city of Irving and $5 million from the Irving Independent School District. The letters also threaten lawsuits and seek written apologies.
Ahmed took his clock to school in September, and an educator worried it could be a bomb. Ahmed was arrested but never charged. He was suspended from school.
Kelly Hollingsworth, an attorney for Ahmed and his family, said in an email. “As indicated in the letters, the long term effects on Ahmed are incalculable.”
Meribeth Sloan, a spokeswoman for Irving said the city is reviewing its letter and has no comment. The district didn’t immediately return a message Monday.
The family accepted a foundation’s offer to pay for Ahmed’s education in Qatar and moved to the Persian Gulf country. He had visited Qatar during a whirlwind several weeks following the incident.
An outpouring of gifts and invitations to Ahemd following the incident included thousands of dollars in technology from Microsoft, a visit to the White House, a tour offer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a private meeting with noted Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir.
In the back of the White House!! pic.twitter.com/FVZ4AKYgVC
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) October 29, 2015
The Associated Press contributed to this article