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Muslim boy who was arrested for building a clock says his family was forced to leave the U.S. for safety


It has been nearly a year since a Muslim teen was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school in Texas, instantly turning him into the pivot for a nationwide debate about security, terrorism and religious prejudice.

The case also changed the course of Ahmed Mohamed’s life. On Monday, his family filed a lawsuit against his former school district, and Ahmed described how they had moved to the Persian Gulf kingdom of Qatar to escape the glare of attention. He said he found it frightening to return to the United States.

"For the safety of my family, I have to go back to Qatar, because right now it's not very safe for my family or for anyone who's a minority," Ahmed, who turns 15 this month, said at a news conference in Dallas.


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