MODESTO, CA- A 12-year-old Modesto, California boy has been cited for a hate crime and battery, after allegedly attacking his classmate and using racial slurs while they waited for the school bus.
She's only 12-years old.
"I didn't think my Granddaughter was going to have to deal with this," said the victim's grandmother Rita Tillery.
Yet, Nuphaeya Hassen is the victim of a hate crime.
Rita Tillery says Monday morning at La Loma Junior High School, her eighth grade granddaughter was confronted by a 12-year old boy.
Ms. Tillery says that her granddaughter was just waiting for the school bus here when the boy approached with a pair of sticks his hands in the shape of a cross.
"He came at her talked about KKK, Ku Klux Klan, he said his family was racist, skinheads," Tillery explained.
Tillery says her granddaughter was scared and tried to defend herself.
"Just she was slapping them, actually, at the sticks, and she ended up slapping him," Tillery said.
She says the student threw rocks at Hassen and then after school, the boy's older sister attacked her.
"This incident caused another confrontation after school, that's when she was jumped. That was the confrontation they're talking about," said Tillery,
La Loma Junior High School took action, but it wasn't what Tillery had expected.
Her granddaughter got sent home, and was suspended from school for slapping the boy.
Tillery now wants Modesto City Schools to provide her with a written notice of rescinding the suspension.
The NAACP of Stanislaus County is looking into the matter, as well as the Modesto police department, who have cited the student for a hate crime and battery.
His sister has been cited for battery, as well.
All the family wants is a sense of justice, but more than that, a sense of peace.