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Ahmed Mohamed, family seek $15M over infamous 'clock bomb' incident

The family of a 14-year-old Muslim student who got in trouble over a homemade clock mistaken for a possible bomb in September is seeking $10 million US from the city of Austin and $5 million from its school district.

Ahmed Mohamed now in Qatar, but 2 siblings still attend school in Austin

This Sept. 17, 2015, file photo shows Ahmed Mohamed, 14, gestures as he arrives to his family's home in Irving, Texas. Attorneys for Mohamed say he was publicly mistreated and deserves $15 million. (LM Otero/The Associated Press)

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 was publicly mistreated and deserves $15 million US.

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 thought it could be a bomb. Ahmed was arrested but never charged. He was suspended from school.

"What has happened to this family is inexcusable," 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 that even included a stop at the White House.

Hollingsworth said Ahmed and his younger siblings have found schools in Qatar, but his older sisters, who are 17 and 18, have not.

"Ahmed is very gratified by all of the support that he has received, but just like his siblings and his parents, he misses Texas. It is his home," Hollingsworth said.

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