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.”

Do you think this constitutes a hate crime? Share your comments below.

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Comments (33)
  1. Liz Dufreal says:

    There are so very many Muslims who you deal with from day to day and there are no incidences. Everything goess smooth and fine and Islam does not even come up. These Muslims are well adapted to Western culture and appear to llike Western culture as reflected in their dress. Many Muslims say that the headscarfs are not essential to being a Muslim and indeed some Muslim countries themselves and other European countries have banned Islamic headscarfs, especially in public schools. Unfortunately I have found that in all cases I have seen so far, terrorists and mothers of Islamic terrorists actually wear headscarfs. Perhaps the girl who confronted the Islamic girl was actually terrorized by that head scarf, overcome with feelings and did not know how to act to express herself. Being that headscarfs are in fact worn by radical Muslims, maybe they should be banned from public schools and anyone wearing a head scarf should be charged with disturbing the peace, especially after 911, and Americans have since become aware of worldwide (and in the USA) Islamic jihad.

  2. LASIS_BLOG says:

    Legal As She Is Spoke, New York Law School’s legal journalism blog, analyzes this case and concludes: When such hate turns to crime, no one should be permitted to hide behind the fact that the criminal belongs to the class of people he hated:

  3. Achmed Atta says:

    Muslims SUCK!

  4. alanwillingham says:

    If someone is beaten to death because they are hated…. are they deader than someone beaten to death by someone who doesn’t really care about them one way or the other?

    Is there a lighter punishment if they beat someone to death, but kind of liked them?

  5. alanwillingham says:

    Liberals should explore the root cause and find reason and compassion… Since we know that anyone burning papers printed with ink and bound together in book form are the reason for beheading innocents….

    They may well determine that clothing, scarves or other symbols used to inflame otherwise peaceful people are outrageous offenses and must be prevented lest those articles of clothing start mass riots, beheadings and other horrible consequences

  6. colleen says:

    It most certainly IS a hate crime. If that was my child she/he would pray to get convicted and go to juvinille detention because my punishment for them would be alot worse. WHat a shame… I also have to blame the parents for not teaching them any better.

  7. jerseyjoey says:

    Oh just arrest all of Christian staten island, this Muslim girl is a liar and has a anti Christian Little Agenda, This little Girl is just out to hurt good christian American Kids and the DA is playing into it like lemmings.

  8. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    Is this DA Muslim or looking to make a name for him or herself?The poor are sometimes used as a stepping stone for advancement in the world of law. Clearly these are special ED kids out of control and without strong parents.What about all the drug deals on SI and all the cops driving around on there cell phones drunk and going threw lights.

  9. Rowdy Boots says:

    I too, am sorry that small children think of Muslims as Terrorists.




    UNTIL THEN, expect small children to think just he way large adults think.

  10. James Dean says:

    The girl was pushed into the snow and then exclaims wait im a muslim???? What saying I am a muslim and if you pick on me like all the other kids get picked on ,I will say it is because I am a muslim and you will be charged with a Hate crime!! WOW what a world we live in and you guys help her in her crimes against the other kids!!!

  11. john says:

    Good that that kid is in jail, before something worst happens. I’m sure there are a lot of good litle boys just like him he can play with and get along just fine.

  12. lawyer for a day says:

    this proves what I’ve always said – Germans love David Hasselhoff.

  13. Mr. Morality says:

    This girl waited to report this crime. Now two innocent people have been falsely arrested because she doesnt like them.

  14. Cracking Up says:

    Let’s be real. Muslim leadership has yet to denounce terror committed in the name of its religion. Instead of reacting peacefully and in a civilized manner when some lunatic pastor burns a Koran, the faithful Muslims slice the heads off of 10 UN workers in Afghanistan. And the Mullahs and Imams around the world do not denounce this terror. In reaction to a cartoon figure of Mohammed the prophet, Muslims in Europe riot and kill Van Gogh. Beating up on a 13 year old girl because she is a Muslim is wrong and illegal. But this act pales in comparison to the terror acts committed in the name of her religion which are often encouraged by the leaders of her religion. It is not difficult to understand how an American youth can be discouraged or enraged by the Muslim leadership to behave in this illegal manner.

    1. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

      anyone who works for the UN should have there head sliced off

  15. John says:

    Liberals stink

  16. jtorres says:

    No child is born with hate. Hate, intolerance, bigotry and prejudice are all learned. The father of this boy is trying to deny his son’s behavior by saying he is a Muslim because he knows this is a reflection on him. This state of mind is learned at home and in some cases, encouraged. Guess who taught him

    1. Sophia says:

      I hundred precent agree with you. No child is born with hate. I fell sorry for the boy, he was taught to act the way he did. Shame, shame Mom and Dad for turing a inncoent child into a ingnorant.

  17. Kelly says:

    Are people so blind as to think this wasn’t going to happen, or for that matter, hasn’t been happening since 9/11? The USA tried to use racism against the Japanese in WWII and despite the shameful legacy of detention camps for natural citizens and a legacy of distrust and abuse against Japanese Americans we collectively think it’s OK now because we know what we’re doing. I’m sure that in the past some orthodox Jewish boys got harassed by gentiles for wearing yamulkahs to school but there wasn’t a major movement then that said ‘Jews are our mortal enemies and want to kill us’. Since 9/11, there has been a huge movement in the US that makes that exact same accusation about all Muslims. I’ll bet this has happened literally thousands of times but the victims never got real media attention about it. We’re starting to look frighteningly more and more like the ‘maniacal killers’ that we supposedly fought WWII to defeat and eliminate.

    1. Stay in Ireland, where it's safe. says:


      I can see how horrible it must be for you to consider visiting or even living in the US. Do NOT come, it would be too much for you to bear.

    2. Jade says:

      This has been a growing trend in the United States since 9/11. Adults and children attacked because people THINK they are Muslim as many Sikh have been attacked because most Americans are too stupid to know the difference between the two. Unfortunately the Untied States has a horrible track record with human rights and our leaders be they political or religious spew hatred and then act shocked when the end result is the death of an innocent person. Afterall how Muslims were detained and continue to be detained because they

  18. Roy says:

    I’m sure the proud parents of the two attackers,taught their kids everything they know about hatred and intolerance……

  19. The Good Samaritan says:

    This girl has made up this attack.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken

    1. heidy says:

      If this was made up the courts would not have keep the boy in custody until the trial…He seemed pretty nasty stating she deserved it.

      1. The Good Samaritan says:

        heidy she lied. she harassed this kid because of his race.

        The Good Samaritan has spoken

    2. FedUp says:

      Nonsense. And it’s very offensive for you to use the biblical allusion “good Samaritan” when you’re prejudiced. The Samaritan helped the Jewish victim, despite their religious differences.

      To this 13 year old, it is not only bullying. Besides the crime of assault and battery, the pre-teen boy, as an apostate Muslim, knows it is symbolic rape to try to rip off the veil. He’s very much like you, of course.

      1. The Good Samaritan says:

        Fed Up you are wrong.
        The boy charged because he is African American

        The Good Samaritan has spoken.

      2. jtorres says:

        I’m with you, Fed Up. The boy may be a minority but hello, so is the girl who was attacked. I suppose all the times he’s been suspended and all the trouble he’s been in is because of his skin color. I, too, am a minority and have faced my share of racism but I despise people who use it as a blanket excuse for absolutely everything that they do wrong instead of taking responsibility for their actions. He is not being persecuted because he’s black. Not everything that happens to you has to do with your color. It’s a cop out.

    3. Jade says:

      I am wondering if the Good Samaritan is actually the boys father, who also has made the same riddiculous allegations…In fact I believe his allegation was his son is being treated unfairly because he is African. Nevermind that his son has been attacking several students on a consistent basis….I am thinking this child has some serious issues and frankly since his father was trying to send him back to his country; we should do them the favor of deporting the child. We do not need anymore Bigots in the US we have too many already. And I speak as a Black American Woman; this young boy disgraces my race!!

  20. Wude says:

    I feel so sorry to hear that the small children think of muslims as “Terorists”.

  21. sameal says:


  22. Pat says:

    The parents didn’t notify the school or the police after the first attack? They have to stand up for their child.

    1. Heidy says:

      From what was in the news the young girl never reported the attacks to her parents because she thought they would stop…she only reported it recently because they tried to rip off her dress and head gear which is against her religious beliefs

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