A 12-year-old boy from Modesto, California, has been cited for a hate crime and battery after he allegedly attacked a female classmate with sticks and said racial slurs.
La Loma Junior High School eighth-grader NuPhaeya Hassen, 12, claims the boy came up to her with sticks while she waited for the school bus and told her he was a Ku Klux Klan member and raised as a skinhead.
The boy then allegedly hit her with the sticks.
“He went across the street and found two sticks, putting it in my face, saying KKK and Ku Klux Klan, getting in my face,” NuPhaeya told KCRA 3.
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“He started swinging sticks at me and he cut me with the sticks, so I slapped him … He got these rocks and started throwing them at me,” NuPhaeya said.
The boy also allegedly shouted racial slurs at NuPhaeya.
NuPhaeya was attacked later that day by the boy’s sister, who has also been cited for battery.
“She grabbed my hair and pulled me to the ground and started hitting me in the head and the face,” NuPhaeya said.
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The siblings punishment not withstanding, it is what the school did to NuPhaeya that has her grandmother very upset.
NuPhaeya was suspended from school for slapping the boy.
"Just ... she was slapping them, actually, at the sticks, and she ended up slapping him," Rita Tillery, NuPhaeya’s grandmother, told FOX 29.
Tillery is requesting Modesto City Schools rescind the suspension.
“I was very, very angry,” Tillery said about the incident. “We’re all the same. We might have different color of skin, but we all bleed red blood.”
An investigation has also been opened by the Modesto police department.