Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A 13-year-old girl has been arrested on hate crime charges and is accused of helping bully and attack a Muslim girl at their New York City middle school.

The girl is being charged as a juvenile, along with a 12-year-old boy who was arrested last week. She is charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime and attempted robbery. She is due in Family Court Tuesday.

Authorities say the two bullied and tormented a 13-year-old Muslim girl at the Staten Island school, calling her a terrorist and trying to steal from her.

They say the abuse culminated with the two trying to rip off her head scarf. The girl suffered minor injuries.

If convicted, the 13 year old faces 18 months in juvenile detention. School officials say disciplinary action is pending.


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