msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 4/5/2011 10:37:03 AM ET 2011-04-05T14:37:03

A 13-year-old girl has been arrested on hate crime charges after being accused of helping bully and attack a Muslim girl at their New York City middle school.

The girl was being charged as a juvenile, along with a 12-year-old boy who was arrested last week.

She was charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime and attempted robbery. She was due to appear in family court Tuesday.

Authorities said the two bullied and tormented a 13-year-old Muslim girl at the Staten Island school, calling her a terrorist and trying to steal from her.

"They kicked me on my leg, and punched my face," the alleged victim told WPIX-TV.

"When I started to get up, they said 'You're a Muslim', and hit me again, and then they called me a terrorist a few times," she added.

The station reported that the girl's family is from Pakistan.

Authorities said the alleged abuse culminated with the two trying to rip off her head scarf.

"At that time, I was feeling terrible," the girl told WPIX. "I was trying to hold it so it doesn't come off." The girl suffered minor injuries.

If convicted, the 13-year-old faces 18 months in juvenile detention. The 12-year-old boy is in custody at a juvenile detention center in the Bronx, WPIX reported.

School officials said disciplinary action was pending.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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