The father of a Muslim boy arrested after taking a homemade clock to his Dallas-area school has sued conservative commentator Glenn Beck and a Texas mayor claiming they falsely portrayed the family as terrorists.
Mohamed Mohamed filed the defamation lawsuit Sept. 21 in Dallas on behalf of himself and his 14-year-old son, Ahmed. Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne is among those named in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit seeks a retraction, a jury trial and unspecified damages related to comments following the teen’s September 2015 arrest at an Irving school. A charge of having a hoax bomb was later dropped.
The lawsuit describes the Mohamed family as “peaceful Muslims” falsely accused of being terrorists. The teen said he brought the homemade digital clock to school to show his teacher.
Messages left for comment from Beck and Van Duyne weren’t immediately returned.
The family filed a civil rights lawsuit against Irving city and school officials last month. The Irving Independent School District responded, “Irving ISD employees are focused on welcoming 35,000 students for the 2016-2017 academic year and doing everything possible to ensure each student is achieving his or her maximum potential.”
The family has since moved to Qatar, citing threats and a scholarship offered to Ahmed Mohamed in the Persian Gulf country. He returned to the U.S. for the summer to visit family and friends, as well as traveling around the country.
Supporters including President Obama, other political leaders, corporate executives and NASA scientists rushed to his defense after word of the arrest went public.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.