Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old arrested after his high school principal erroneously believed that his homemade clock was a bomb, continues to be the center of an ongoing legal battle between his suburban Dallas school district and the state of Texas. Earlier this month, the Texas attorney general ordered the school district to provide a copy of a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice to The Dallas Morning News.
The letter, prompted by an investigation to determine whether or not Ahmed’s civil rights were violated, reportedly outlines allegations of “discipline of students on the basis of race, religion and national origin.” Rather than hand over the letter, the school district has sued the state to prevent the release of the investigation’s details. The school district has been cooperating with the federal investigation—according to CBS, they’ve turned over a number of sealed documents—but refuse to make any of those documents available to the public.
The district argues that publicizing the documents would put a possible pending lawsuit in jeopardy; the district said that they are expecting a lawsuit from Ahmed’s family. He and his family were very vocal following his arrest and suspension, arguing that teen’s religion was the motivating factor for both. The school district has denied that claim.
In November 2015, the Mohamed family sent a letter to the district demanding a $15 million settlement, as well as some rightly owed apologies.