A sad story out of Staten Island, N.Y.: A 13-year-old girl was allegedly punched and kicked until she collapsed just because she’s Muslim. Even sadder? Her attacker was a 12-year-old classmate.
Osman Daramy and another 13-year-old girl are accused of trying to tear off their classmate’s hijab, or religious headscarf, for no reason at Dreyfus Intermediate School. While she managed to keep it on her head, she wasn’t able to defend herself against the brutal physical attack.
Daramy has since been arrested and charged with felony assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force were still looking for Daramy’s accomplice as of last night.
Because of his age, Daramy was taken to a juvenile center and his case will be handled in Family Court. His mother told the New York Post, “I know my son is a good boy. He’s a kid, he made a mistake. It’s not right for him to bug anybody for their religion.”
Apparently Daramy had been tormenting the girl for the past two months, with sources saying he has shoved, hit and threatened her on numerous occasions.
While it’s nice to know his mom recognizes it’s not right for anyone to “bug” someone for their religion, it seems that kids often learn their prejudices at home. While admitting her son made a mistake is lovely, let’s hope she does more than spew out some rhetoric in an effort to educate and discipline her son.
And how disgusting and shameful is it that a girl can’t go about her life — and go to school — without being taunted and physical harmed by her classmates. Hopefully the judicial system and Daramy’s family will see to it that he learns a very powerful lesson.