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Critics around the country cried Islamophobia when 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested this year for bringing a homemade clock to school and prompting fears of a bomb.

Now, the Muslim valedictorian of that school is coming to its defense, saying that her experience at MacArthur High was nothing but respectful.

“Mac is not an intolerant place,” said 18-year-old Amena Jamali, who graduated this year.

She told Fox 4 how the school often accommodated her requests for time to pray, and even brought out a letter she wrote to the principal after Ahmed’s story stoked claims of discrimination.

“Everything the media was saying was about how bad Mac was,” said Jamali. “Mac is the reason that I do not fear prejudice.”

“I’ve had four years to test that hypothesis, and come out saying that I’m very proud to have been a MacArthur Cardinal,” she added.

“My principal is a good man.”

Ahmed’s parents are now suing the city of Irving and his school district. They are demanding $15 million in damages, as well as a public apology.

Watch more of the local report below.



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