NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 13-year-old girl has been arrested on charges she helped bully and attack a Muslim girl at their Staten Island middle school.
The girl was being charged as a juvenile, along with a 12-year-old boy who was arrested last Wednesday. She was charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime and attempted robbery.
She was due in Family Court Tuesday.
The boy is a sixth grader at the Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton.
Authorities said the two bullied and tormented a 13-year-old Muslim girl calling her a “terrorist” and trying to steal from her.
They said the abuse culminated with the two trying to rip off her head dress. The girl suffered minor injuries.
If convicted, the 13-year-old faces 18 months in juvenile detention.
School officials said disciplinary action was pending.
The father of the boy accused in the attack has said his son is also a Muslim.
Carol D’Auria of 1010 WINS spoke to the victim, who said the first attack against her was in January and detailed the incident.
“When I came up to the school, they just pushed me in the snow and I was in the snow. And like they started to kick me and I said I’m a Muslim,” she said.
The victim told D’Auria that in recent weeks she has felt “scared” after the same 12-year-old boy reminded her of the first incident, saying “Remember I jumped you.”
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