I was on his side and slated the school and authorities.
I’ve now concluded I was wrong, and I think he did this deliberately to get a reaction. The Herald reports:
The Muslim teenager arrested when a teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb threatened to sue his school and the town of Irving, Texas for US$15 million ($23 million), his lawyer said yesterday.
Far from suffering damages he became a celebrity and got invited to the White House, Facebook etc. He got to talk to the International Space Station. The world was his oyster.
His family moved to Qatar after Mohamed was offered a generous scholarship.
I still think the school and authorities over-reacted, but I now think he played them.