Cops busted a 15-year-old Queens high schooler they say spit on a Muslim classmate and tried to pull her hijab off, officials said Friday.
The boy was riding an elevator with the 16-year-old victim inside the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica when he called her a “Muslim b—h!” and spit on her about 11:15 a.m. Thursday, cops said.
He then tugged on her hijab in an attempt to rip it off her head, officials said.
The girl told school officials, who reported the incident to police.
Cops questioned the teen and charged him with aggravated harassment and disorderly conduct. He will be charged as a juvenile and so his name was not released, officials said.
His victim was rattled but not physically harmed, cops said.
School officials said the incident was “immediately reported.”
“We are providing the school with additional support to ensure appropriate follow-up action is taken,” Department of Education spokeswoman Toya Holness said.
“This incident is troubling, and this type of behavior has no place in our schools.”
As of Sunday, police had investigated 12 hate crimes against Muslims in New York this year — compared to nine during the same period last year, a 33% jump.