11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Hate Crime for Setting Jewish School Bus on Fire

By Sherley Boursiquot
Sherley Boursiquot
Sherley Boursiquot
May 9, 2016 Updated: May 10, 2016

An 11-year-old boy, who remains unnamed, is facing hate crime charges after authorities said he and his friends set a Yeshiva school bus on fire in Brooklyn on May 9.

According to NBC New York, police received a 911 call at around 6 p.m. on May 8 regarding a fire coming from a school bus that was parked outside the Bnos Chomesh Academy, a girls’ high school in Crown Heights.

Surveillance video, obtained by the website CrownHeights.Info, shows five boys running into the unlocked bus with pieces of cardboard boxes.

Shortly after, flames gradually appeared towards the front of the bus.

The children fled the scene, but police later arrested an 11-year-old and charged him with criminal mischief as a hate crime and arson as a hate crime, police said.

Police are currently looking for the other four boys who range in age from 10 to 15.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire.

No one was injured.