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A brutal attack after a math class at the San Joaquin Delta College is being classified as a hate crime.

Police say 23-year-old Dehmi Moore repeatedly stabbed a classmate in the face with a pen.

“She had two puncture marks – one on her eyelid and the other other on the top of her head and she was bleeding rather significantly,” Delta College Police Officer Jim Bock said.

Campus police were able to catch up with Moore a few buildings over. Moore was arrested on an assault with a deadly weapon charge but, after talking with her, another charge was added – hate crime.

“When we asked why she attacked the girl, it wasn’t just because of the comments made in the classroom, she expressed it was because she was a white female,” Bock said.

A student claiming to have witnessed the attack did not want to be identified, but did say he felt the attack had nothing to do with race.

“It was a misunderstanding that went far out of control, but it wasn’t a hate crime, it was two females who felt one disrespected the other and violated the other’s space,” he said.

Moore had an outstanding warrant for theft, police said. She was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail.

The injured student was treated at the school but may require additional medical attention.

Ty Chandler filed this report.