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‘Clock Boy’ Misses US

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Ahmed Mohamed, 14, gestures as he arrives to his family's home in Irving, Texas, Sept. 17, 2015.

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, gestures as he arrives to his family's home in Irving, Texas, Sept. 17, 2015.

A teenager who was arrested after taking a homemade clock to school in the Dallas, Texas area says he misses the United States and would like to eventually return.

Ahmed Mohamed, known as “clock boy,” is now living in Qatar. Commenting in a recent interview with Dallas television station KTVT, Mohamed said he would like to come back to Irving, a Dallas suburb, to see the "people I grew up with."

Mohamed, who is of Sudanese descent, sparked a firestorm after being handcuffed and arrested earlier this year when a digital clock he made caused suburban Dallas school officials to call police thinking it was a bomb.

His arrest set off protests, with people saying he had been arrested because he is Muslim.

Charges against Mohamed were never filed.

The outcry led to U.S. President Barack Obama inviting Mohamed to the White House. Mohamed also received praise from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Additionally, Mohamed met Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir last month at the presidential compound in Khartoum, according to Sudanese radio.

In the wake of the controversy, Mohamed’s family allegedly received threats and moved to Qatar, where he says he feels safe.

The family is demanding $15 million from the city of Irving and school district as well as a written apology and has threatened lawsuits.

The city said it is reviewing a letter from the family's attorneys and had no comment.

When the controversy erupted, local school authorities said that in the wake of mass killings at schools across the country, they had to take every potential threat seriously.

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