Second Child Arrested in Attack of Muslim Schoolmate

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011  |  Updated 9:11 AM EDT
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Second Child Arrested in Attack of Muslim Schoolmate

A second child has been arrested in the hate crime attack on a Muslim girl.

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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 is being charged as a juvenile, along with a 12-year-old boy who was arrested last week. She was 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 school, calling her a "terrorist" and trying to steal from her.

They say the abuse culminated with the two trying to rip off her headscarf. 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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