Ahmed Mohamed received support from some of the biggest names in tech, including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, pictured with Mohamed in this photo, published on Twitter in September.Jimmy Wales via Twitter
The Texas teenager who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school has sent letters to the city of Irving, Texas, as well as the Irving school district, demanding $15 million and a written apology. If he doesn’t get both within 60 days, Ahmed Mohamed’s lawyer says he’ll file a lawsuit.
Mohamed’s saga began in September, when one of the boy’s teachers suspected that the homemade clock he brought to school may have been a bomb. The school called in police, who handcuffed Mohamed and questioned him. The image of the stunned, handcuffed 14-year-old in a NASA T-shirt went viral. The boy’s father said his son was victimized because he was a Muslim.
News reports on Mohamed’s plight vaulted him to international celebrity status. He accepted an invitation from President Obama to visit the White House and saw an outpouring of support from politicians and technology leaders, including Twitter shout-outs from Google, Mark Zuckerberg, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Hillary Clinton, and MIT.
The letters, published by Dallas TV station WFAA, describe in detail the events of September, from the supplies…