‘Clock Boy’ loses court battle

Ahmed Mohamed, also known as “Clock Boy,” loses $100k defamation lawsuit

Ahmed Mohamed, nicknamed “Clock Boy” after he brought a homemade clock to a Texas school that numerous people called a explosive device, lost a court battle on Tuesday when a judge tossed the case out.

The Washington Times reports that Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Mohamed, filed a discrimination lawsuit against Fox News, Glenn Beck, Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyneg, and the D.C.-based Center for Security Policy, citing defamation after his 15-year-old son was accused of bringing a “bomb” to school.

When Ahmed was a freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, he was briefly held by police after bringing the alleged bomb to school, which turned out to be nothing more than a clock he made himself. Regardless, Ahmed still received three days of suspension from his school, which garnered national attention. In 2015, Ahmed and his family met with President Obama, and after widespread support and a bit of fame, the family decided to seek damages.

Shortly after the Mohamed family’s $100,000 lawsuit was tossed out, Beck’s attorney, Michael J. Grygiel, wrote an email to the Dallas Morning News, expressing his satisfaction with the outcome.

“Mr. Beck and TheBlaze are pleased at the court’s faithful application of First Amendment principles pursuant to the Texas Citizen Participation Act, the very purpose of which is to protect freedom of speech by mandating the summary dismissal of unmeritorious defamation claims.”

Beck was into the lawsuit after Ahmed’s father indicated that comments made on Beck’s online site, The Blaze, was part of a conspiracy to turn politically “turn Texas blue.”

Attorneys for the Mohamed family declined to comment.

[Feature Photo: AP/LM Otero, File]