The story of “Ahmed Mohammad,” better known as “Clock Boy,” comes as a reminder that discrimination ain’t what it used to be.
A year-and-a-half ago, then-14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested at his high school for bringing what was believed to be a hoax bomb to school. The media quickly took Mohamed’s side, reporting that he’d been arrested for merely bringing a homemade clock to school, and that it was only mistaken as a “bomb” because he was Muslim. Few seemed to ponder the fact that the “clock” actually did look like a bomb.
The story went viral instantly, with even President Obama dedicating a Tweet to the kid, and inviting him to the White House. He also got countless internship and scholarship offers.
And as if that wasn’t enough, his father then decided to file a $15 million defamation lawsuit on his behalf against a whole number of people, including (but not limited to) Fox News, Glenn Beck, and the Mayor or Irvine, Texas. As you can imagine, a judge threw that lawsuit out faster than you can say “Allah Akbar.”
Glenn Beck, his television network and a conservative think tank have been dismissed from a defamation lawsuit filed by the father of Ahmed Mohamed, the Irving teen who became famous when he was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school.
District Judge Maricela Moore on Monday tossed the claims against Beck and his network TheBlaze, plus those against the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy and executive vice president Jim Hanson.
Another judge also dismissed the local Fox News affiliate and political commentator Ben Ferguson from the suit in December. He ordered that the Mohameds pay them more than $82,000 in legal fees, records show.
Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne remains a defendant, but she has challenged the suit.
H/T Dallas News
More specifically, the lawsuit was “dismissed with prejudice,” which is probably the only prejudice Ahmed and his family have ever suffered.
Think they got what they deserved? With so many frivolous lawsuits out there, a $82,000 should be a healthy deterrent.