New York: 12-year-old charged with attack on Muslim schoolgirl

A Staten Island schoolkid has been charged with felony assault as a hate crime after he tried to rip the religious headscarf off a fellow female classmate, The Post has learned.

Osman Daramy, 12, allegedly attacked the victim today around noon inside the Dreyfus Intermediate School on Warren Street in Stapleton. He and a 13-year-old accomplice beat the girl up, punching and kicking her, before she fell to the ground, authorities said.

“Are you Muslim?” Daramy allegedly barked before grabbing at the hijab wrapped around the victim’s head. He was apparently unsuccessful in removing the covering.

Daramy, who has previously attacked the victim four times over a two-month period, was arrested, authorities added. He is also charged with aggravated harassment.

Cops were still seeking his alleged accomplice. Disciplinary against Daramy is pending, said a Department of Education spokeswoman.

New York Post, 30 March 2011

Update here.

In a characteristically thoughtful contribution, Pamela Geller claims that Osman Daramy has been “charged with blasphemy”, because “‘hate crime’ is enforcement of islamic law (sharia)”.