NYC 12-year-old charged with recess hate crime, accused of trying to take Muslim girl’s scarf

NEW YORK — A 12-year-old boy accused of trying to rip the head scarf off a Muslim classmate during recess has been charged in New York City with a hate crime. Police and school officials say the boy has a history of harassing the 13-year-old 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. If convicted, he faces 18 months in juvenile detention.