New York (AP) - New York City police say four Staten Island teenagers accused of bullying a Muslim classmate are now facing hate crime charges.
The Staten Island Advance says the incidents occurred from October 2009 to June 2010. Authorities say the bullies called the boy a "terrorist," frequently punched him in the groin and spit in his face.
The boy said he hoped the bullying would end when he left intermediate school. He finally told his family after learning that two of the alleged tormentors were in his high school class.
NYPD Lt. John Grimpel says three 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old are charged with assault and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.
The Muslim family immigrated from Trinidad in the 1980s.