A 11-year Staten Island boy Osman Daramy, who is a sixth grader at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton, was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime on Wednesday after he tried to rip the head scarf off a 13-year old Muslim classmate during recess. Police and school officials say the boy has a history of harassing the girl, taunting her and threatening her on at least four separate occasions.
Two months ago, Osman and a 13-year-old female accomplice punched and kicked the Muslim girl and tried to rip off her hijab outside Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton, prosecutors said.
The verbal harassment of the girl resumed over the past several weeks, most recently Sunday, they said.
Interestingly, the boy is also reported to be a Muslim.
(Osman Daramy, Courtesy: NY Post)
Osman’s dad, Frank Davies, sobbed as his scrawny son was brought into court with silver handcuffs around his tiny wrists and later walked out in ankle shackles.
Davies said the boy, who was born in a Sierra Leonean refugee camp and brought to the United States when he was 6 months old, has a Muslim mother.
“How could a Muslim have another hate crime against a Muslim?” he asked.
“When I came up to the school, they just pushed me in the snow and I was in the snow. And like they started to kick me and I said I’m a Muslim,” she said.
The victim told D’Auria that in recent weeks she has felt “scared” after the same 12-year-old boy reminded her of the first incident, saying “remember I jumped you.”
The police report says he asked, “Are you Muslim?” while trying to remove her scarf. The girl suffered minor injuries.Source: newyork.cbslocal.com
The boy seems to have history of problems, as he and his 13-year old accomplice had been booted from the school 2-weeks ago.
Meanwhile, sources said Osman’s at-large accomplice had attended Dreyfus Intermediate School until she was booted two weeks ago.
She and four others allegedly robbed a pizza deliveryman on March 15 on school grounds — the same day she returned from suspension for stealing $70 from a teacher’s pocketbook in November, sources said.
Osman was busted on Feb. 4 for a robbery and has been suspended from Dreyfus Intermediate three times since January.
Dreyfus has the third highest suspension rate in the borough among middle schools, according to the Department of Education.
The case will be handled by Family Court.