NEW YORK — New York City police arrested a 12-year-old boy on hate crime charges and accused him of trying to rip the head scarf off a Muslim classmate during recess.
The boy was charged Wednesday with assault as a hate crime. He is a sixth-grader at a Staten Island middle school and is being charged as a juvenile. He also faces disciplinary charges at school.
Police and school officials said the boy has a history of harassing the girl, taunting her and threatening her on at least four separate occasions.
The police report says he asked, "Are you Muslim?" while trying to remove her scarf.
The girl suffered minor injuries. The case will be handled in Family Court.