IRVING -- The family of Ahmed Mohamed, the Irving high school student who made international headlines after being arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, will officially file a federal lawsuit Monday against the Irving Independent School District and the City of Irving.
Irving ISD officials confirmed the lawsuit to News 8:
"Legal counsel for Irving ISD has confirmed that the school district was named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed today in Dallas federal court by attorneys for a former Irving ISD student. As with any legal matter of this nature, attorneys for the school district will review the filing and respond as appropriate. Irving ISD continues to deny violating the student’s rights and will respond to claims in accordance with court rules. Because this matter is now in litigation, Irving ISD officials will have no further comment at this time. Irving ISD employees are focused on welcoming 35,000 students for the 2016-2017 academic year and doing everything possible to ensure each student is achieving his or her maximum potential."
The City also responded Monday:
“The city of Irving is prepared to vigorously defend itself and the justifiable actions it took in this matter. The legal process will allow all facts to be revealed, and the city welcomes that opportunity. The city of Irving’s top priority is to ensure the safety and security of its children and the entire community. The city will continue to take its duty and responsibility to serve and protect the public seriously.”
As WFAA previously reported, Mohamed's lawsuit seeks $15 million in damages and demands an apology from district officials.
The lawsuit claims the teen's civil rights were violated after his teacher mistook his clock for a bomb, and that he was the subject of "wrongful interrogation" due to his race.