A 12-year-old boy in California has been cited for a hate crime and battery after allegedly attacking his classmate with sticks and using racial slurs while they waited for the school bus.

Eighth-grader NuPhaeya Hassen says the boy approached her Aug. 24, holding the sticks while saying he was a Ku Klux Klan member and raised as a "skinhead." He then hit her with the sticks.

NuPhaeya told The Modesto Bee (http://bit.ly/1Vz6GRz ) she responded by slapping the boy, who then threw rocks at her. She says the boy's older sister also assaulted her after school.

A police spokeswoman says the sister will also be cited.

The local NAACP chapter is questioning the Modesto City Schools' handling of the matter. NuPhaeya's grandmother says the girl unfairly received a one-day suspension for defending herself.

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Information from: The Modesto Bee, http://www.modbee.com