Hate-crime charges dropped against boys accused of bus fire

Authorities have dropped hate-crime charges against boys who were arrested for allegedly setting fire to a school bus used by a Jewish school in Crown Heights.



Officials said there wasn't enough evidence to pursue the charge. The five accused boys, who are from Brooklyn and are between the ages of 11 and 14, each face a count of arson and criminal mischief. They will be tried as juveniles in family court. 



Surveillance video shows the boys running off the bus as it caught fire on Sunday. Police are looking for one more person who may have been involved. 



The bus belonged to the Bnos Chomesh Academy, a Jewish girls' school. 



The Crown Heights neighborhood has seen tensions between the Jewish and black communities in the past, including riots in 1991.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."