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.READ MORE: NYPD: Wounded Officer Wilbert Mora Transferred To NYU Langone Medical Center, Still In Critical Condition
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.READ MORE: NYPD Officer Jason Rivera's Wake To Be Held Thursday At St. Patrick's Cathedral
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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