A 12-year-old Muslim girl says four boys assaulted her last week in the hallways of Congress Middle School in Boynton Beach and referred to her as “Osama,” an activist group is reporting.
The American-Islamic Relations Council says the Palm Beach County School District has been slow to respond to the complaint and wants law-enforcement officials to investigate the incident as a hate crime.
A district spokesman said school administrators and police are investigating but are lacking crucial details about what happened after school on April 5.
The council learned of the incident Monday morning when it received a call from the girl’s uncle, said Altaf Ali, executive director of its Florida chapter. He declined to name the girl or her family members.
Ali said the girl, who wears a headscarf because of her faith, told council officials she was hit in the face with a leather belt, injuring her lip…