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Muslim girl spit upon, hijab yanked off by teenage classmate in New York City high school

New York: A 16-year-old Muslim girl was spat upon and abused by her classmate, who even tried to pull her hijab off in a city school in the US.

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The 15-year-old boy was in an elevator with the victim inside the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica in New York City, when he called her a "Muslim b---h" and spit on her, police said.

He then tugged on her hijab in an attempt to rip it off her head, they said.

The girl told school officials, who reported the incident to police.

Police questioned the teen and charged him with aggravated harassment and disorderly conduct, New York Daily reported.

He will be charged as a juvenile and so his name was not released. The victim was rattled but not physically harmed, police said.

"This incident is troubling, and this type of behaviour has no place in our schools," Department of Education spokeswoman Toya Holness said. "We are providing the school with additional support to ensure appropriate follow—up action is taken," Holness added.

The incident comes amid growing incidents of hate and assaults on hijab-wearing girls and women across the US.

Published Date: May 21, 2017 13:18 PM | Updated Date: May 21, 2017 13:18 PM

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