Department of Justice to investigate Irving ISD due to clock incident

The Department of Justice plans to investigate Irving ISD over the arrest of the Irving teen who garnered worldwide attention over his homemade clock he brought to school.

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was arrested because the clock looked like a hoax bomb to some adults at the school. He was later released and the charges dropped.

The DOJ said Friday it has launched a civil rights investigation into the incident, amid claims that Mohamed was mistreated due to his religion and that he was harassed.

The City of Irving is not a part of the investigation, only the school district.

Nearly 30 members of Congress sent a letter to the DOJ in September asking for an investigation, including North Texas Democratic Congressman Marc Veasey.

Lawyers for the Mohamed family have threatened the city and the school district with a lawsuit over the incident unless they pay a total of $15 million.

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