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Staten Island Teens Arrested For Bullying

Jim Burroway

October 12th, 2010

At least some local authorities are starting to take bullying seriously:

A Muslim boy says four bullies made his life a living hell in the halls of a Staten Island public school, calling him a “terrorist” and beating him every chance they got.

The victim, a 16-year-old high school freshman, told his father and the police of the constant abuse he endured, prompting the arrests Sunday of his teen tormenters on suspicion of hate crimes.

“[They] punched me in my groin, and I fell to the floor. They started kicking me, and calling me ‘You f—in’ terrorist,’ ‘You f—in’ Muslim,'” the victim, Kristian, told the Daily News. …”I think I can’t go through a year like this again,” said the soft-spoken victim.

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GreenEyedLilo
October 12th, 2010 | LINK

Absolutely disgusting, and a reminder that it’s not just our kids in trouble. I hope the trend of punishing bullying in a serious manner continues.

elaygee
October 12th, 2010 | LINK

Life in prison for felony assualt as a hate crime would take care of it.

Timothy Kincaid
October 12th, 2010 | LINK

Bravo to his father for going to the police and bravo to the police for taking it seriously.

Emily K
October 12th, 2010 | LINK

Muslims get bullied too. As the recent unnecessary outcry over Park51 has shown us. And look, that outcry was taken to the “logical conclusion.”

I hope that all the gays out there who engage in or turn a blind eye to anti-Muslim bigotry understand it’s not only GAY children getting bullied as a result of inflammatory rhetoric. I hope Jews out there realize this too.

Unfortunately, I half expected the bullies to be Jewish – there are plenty of Jews in that part of NY who hate Muslims.

Instead, the bullies, as described by the article, are Black and Latino. This is also disturbing.

Of course, can you imagine the outcry of the Religious Right if this were a Christian child being bullied by Muslims? All Muslims would need to keep their shades closed and windows locked.

Mark F.
October 12th, 2010 | LINK

FRC: We shouldn’t be surprised when those who reject Christ’s love and follow the intrinsically disordered “Muslim lifestyle” are subject to bullying. We need to let our Muslim brothers know there is hope for change in Christ. However, now is not the time for anti-bullying campaigns which “target” children based on their religion.

Lindoro Almaviva
October 12th, 2010 | LINK

Oh, but according to “82%” of the population, the Muslims do not experience any bullying, they just need to be more mindful of out little white, christian sensibilities…

Everett
October 12th, 2010 | LINK

I kind of wish that we as a society would stop using the word “bullying” to describe this sort of indecent behavior just because adolescents and young adults are involved. Let’s call it what it is: harrassment and physical assault.

staten islander
November 26th, 2010 | LINK

kristian was a member of the world famous ps 22 school choir ,he is the kindness kid i ever known

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