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Staten Island Kids Charged With Hate Crime Held Without Bail

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Two Staten Island kids are in a juvenile detention center after attacking a Muslim classmate

The two kids in Staten Island who have been accused of hate crimes after attacking a Muslim classmate are being held without bail in a juvenile detention center.

While I get that the kids need to face their crimes, which were dreadful, as far as I’m concerned, holding them without bail still seems a little severe.

Authorities say that last month, Osman Daramy, 12, and Krystal Callender, 13, allegedly beat up a girl from their class outside of Berta Dreyfus Intermediate School 49 in Staten Island, NY, and attempted to rip off her religious headscarf. Prosecutors also allege they tried to steal the girl’s money and cell phone and were yelling the word “terrorist” at her. They have been charged with assault as a hate crime.

The New York Daily News reports both children were taken out of a family courthouse directly to a juvenile corrections van after a judge ruled the pair be held without bail.

“Based on [Callender's] history, I do believe she is capable of committing another crime,” the judge said.

Callender has a pending case for allegedly robbing and assaulting a pizza deliveryman who came to school. Daramy was supposedly present during the robbery but is not facing charges in the case. However, he has had a number of other behavioral issues at school.

It’s clear to me these kids are troubled, get in trouble and need help. But holding them without bail and giving them no chance to at least spend some time at home with their parents before they face what could be a long haul in the criminal justice system (assuming their parents and home life didn’t directly or indirectly lead to them exactly where they are today) seems unnecessarily harsh to me.

I’m not a psychologist, lawyer or a judge, but I wonder if added exposure to other delinquent kids in a juvenile detention center while they await prosecution will only add to the problems of these kids.

Do you think these kids should have been let out on bail?

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