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March 31st, 2011
12 Year Old Charged with Hate Crime

NEW YORK -- A 12-year-old Staten Island schoolboy attacked a young Muslim classmate and tried to tear off her religious headscarf in an unprovoked rage that ended with him being charged with hate crimes, the New York Post reported Thursday.

"Are you a Muslim?" young Osman Daramy allegedly barked at the 13-year-old girl during the assault at Dreyfus Intermediate School, police said.

Osman and an unidentified 13-year-old girl allegedly beat up the terrified eighth-grader at around 1:00pm local time Tuesday, on the school's grounds. They allegedly punched and kicked her until she collapsed to the ground.

Osman also tried to rip off the victim's hijab that covered her hair, but she managed to fight him off, authorities said.

The girl suffered bruises and a cut lip, though her older sister said Wednesday night that her sibling was "fine."

"She was crying at that moment, but she's OK," she said, adding that her sister called their older brother during the attack. "My brother is the one who called the police. He got angry -- he wanted to beat the kid up -- but he is older and decided to call the cops."

Osman was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime. Police from the New York Police Department's Hate Crimes Task Force were still looking for his young accomplice Wednesday night.

Osman, who also faces disciplinary action at his school, tormented the victim for the last two months, sources said, and allegedly shoved, hit or threatened her on four occasions. 



Lisa Mejia - 2011-03-31
A Hate crime ?? Really... A bit over the top.
by Lisa Mejia

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