A young boy, who was arrested after taking a homemade clock into class, is seeking compensation from his city and school.
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was suspended from his school in Texas and held by police, after his teacher mistook his clock for a bomb.
Ahmed’s lawyers explained in a letter that after the incident became global headlines, the teenager received threats leaving him traumatised.
The incident started an online campaign of support for Ahmed, including support from President of USA Barack Obama and support from the owners of social network sites Twitter and Facebook.
The family are now seeking compensation of $10 million (£7 million) from the city of Irving, and $5 million (£3.3 million) from the Irving Independent School District, claiming that Ahmed was scarred as a result of the public mistreatment.
In addition to the compensation payout, they want an apology from the school, saying the arrest caused Ahmed severe psychological trauma, after receiving email threats that caused the teenager to fear for his safety.
The family’s legal team have said: “Irving Police officials immediately determined that the clock was harmless. The only reason for the overreaction was that the responsible adults involved irrationally assumed that Ahmed was dangerous because of his race, national origin and religion.”
Since the incident The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community offered Ahmed a full scholarship in October and the family has since moved away from Texas.
Texas officials have defended their actions claiming they were concerned for the safety of students.