Texas mayor dismissed from Muslim boy’s lawsuit over clock

February 1, 2017 GMT

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas mayor has been dropped as a defendant from a lawsuit filed by the father of a Muslim boy arrested after taking a homemade clock to his Dallas-area school.

A court filing Tuesday shows Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne was removed from the civil suit brought by Mohamed Mohamed.

Mohamed’s attorney, Susan Hutchison, says Van Duyne in her capacity as a public official is afforded immunity in the matter.

The original suit claimed Van Duyne and others were libelous in their statements about Ahmed Mohamed after he brought the clock to school in 2015.

A charge of having a hoax bomb was dropped.

The family also has sued the city of Irving and its school district in federal court, alleging the teen’s civil rights were violated. That case is ongoing.