Authorities in upstate New York have arrested two students, ages 10 and 11, for beating an African American school mate badly.
According to authorities, the Gouverneur Middle School students left the little black girl with a black eye and chunks of her hair missing. They reportedly jumped her on a school bus on Sept. 10th and used “Racially motivated language” during the beating as a school bus monitor stood back and watched.
All three of them are now facing charges.
Both unnamed attackers are charged with one count of second-degree aggravated harassment and the 11-year-old was slapped with an additional charge of third-degree harassment which counts as a hate crime.
The parents of the victim reported the incident to police earlier this month, NNY 360 reported. Authorities said the attackers punched the Black student in her right eye and ripped out pieces of her hair in the assault.
The victim also suffered bruises to her knee after falling backward onto a bus seat as the assailants continued pulling her hair.
Meanwhile, school bus monitor Tiffany Spicer watched the attack unfold but made no effort to try and stop it, police said. The 28-year-old is now charged with three counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.