By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:30 AM on 1st April 2011
A schoolboy has been charged with hate crimes after allegedly beating up a Muslim classmate and trying to rip the religious headscarf from her head.
Osman Daramy, 12, yelled ‘are you a Muslim?’ as he and another girl kicked and punched the 13-year-old to the ground at a school in Staten Island, New York, according to police.
But according to his father, the boy’s mother is Muslim.
Accused in chains: Osman Daramy, 12, is led out of Family Court in Staten Island. The boy faces felony hate crime charges for allegedly attacking a 13-year-old Muslim girl at Dreyfus Intermediate School
‘How could a Muslim have another hate crime against a Muslim?’ asked Frank Davis, 32, about his son.
Davis told the New York Post that while the family does not regularly attend a mosque, they pray at home and his son joins in on Islamic prayers with his Muslim mother Agnes Daramay.
The father told the New York Daily News that he recently bought a ticket for his son to fly to Sierra Leone so he can live with relatives and escape the abuse he is subjected to at school.
‘They treat the African kids different,’ she told the Daily News, showing off the April 17 ticket to Freetown.
Racial attack: Daramy and a 13-year-old girl allegedly attacked her behind a building at Berta A. Dreyfus School in Staten Island
‘Other kids mock him and the teacher never stuck up for him…I need to get him out of this country.’
But Daramy had been tormenting the girl for two months, said sources at the school, allegedly shoving, hitting and threatening her.
One teacher described him as a ‘terror’, telling the Post ‘he goes around terrorising staff and students.’
Daramy was arrested yesterday and charged with felony assault and aggravated harassment as hate crimes.
The victim, who has not been named, was left with bruises and a cut lip after Daramy and another girl, also 13, allegedly assaulted her behind a building at Berta A. Dreyfus School on Tuesday.
The vicious attack culminated in Daramy trying to rip the hijab off the girl’s hair, police said, but she fought back and stopped him.
The girl’s older sister told the Post yesterday her sister was ‘fine’. She said: ‘She was crying at that moment, but she’s OK.’
She said: ‘My brother is the one who called the police. He got angry, he wanted to beat the kid up, but he is older and decided to call the cops.’
‘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’
According to the Post, Daramy had already been in trouble on Monday when he ran around school wielding a pair of scissors after using them to cut a girl’s hair.
A teacher told the newspaper he had been suspended ‘in-house’ rather than being reported to police.
And another member of staff said his behaviour had been so difficult officials had at one time appointed a school safety agent to sit at the front of the class to ‘allow the teacher to teach.’
But a woman claiming to be his mother, who did not wish to be named, told the 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.’
Daramy is being held at the Spofford Juvenile Center in The Bronx, and his case will be dealt with by the Family Court because he is so young.
Officers from the NYPD’s hate crimes task force are now looking for the girl alleged to have joined in the assault.
A source told the Post there had been other violent incidents at the school. Last week a student punched a teacher in the face, and another had to take leave after being pushed into a wall.
The source said: ‘I feel safer walking to my vehicle outside the school than I do walking into my own school.
‘Things aren’t reported as they should and students aren’t disciplined as they should.’