A female graduate student at Washington, D.C.’s Trinity Washington University was hospitalized after being viciously attacked by an unidentified group of female youths.
The attack happened Thursday night while the unnamed student was walking past a metro bus stop across from Michigan Avenue NE where the university is located. The group of six to eight girls, who were described as teenagers wearing school uniforms, crossed the street and assaulted the graduate student, knocking her to the ground and taking her cell phone as they repeatedly kicked and punched her in the face, reports WUSA9.
The assault prompted a response from university President Patricia McGuire, who said the growing bout of violence involving young people across the city needs to stop. She noted that this incident was particularly troubling because it was a group of girls attacking another female, reports Fox 5.
“We’ve been seeing it on Metro – several horrible stories about gangs of young kids on Metro terrorizing people,” McGuire said. “Elsewhere in the city, be aware of your surroundings. If you see a group of young people, unfortunately you have to be aware that maybe you need to protect yourself and we wish it weren’t that way.”
The issue of violence from juveniles on metros and other public transportation has been a growing problem in the District. In January, a group of teenagers were charged with felony assault and assaulting a police officer following a massive brawl that broke out at the Gallery Place Metro Station. (RELATED: Bedlam Continues On DC Metro)
Last weekend, an incident involving harassment and violence was reported at the Brookland Metro Station by a local D.C. resident who said it was the worst brawl he’d experienced in his over 16 years living in the area. Michael Thomasian, a Catholic school principal in Brookland described roughly 20 high school students, male and female, who instantly began terrorizing passengers when they boarded the train, reports Washington City Paper.
[dcquiz] “The group boarded screaming obscenities,” said Thomasian in an e-mail exchange. “They messed with me a bit (took the hat off my head, took videos of me, screamed in my face, etc) and later bothered another gentleman, and eventually a third person which resulted in physical violence. Almost all of the group was involved in the violence- swearing, screaming, kicking and punching, laughing, and again taking pictures and videos.”
In January, the Democratic D.C. Council struck down a measure that would have increased penalties for criminal offenders on public transportation. The bill, supported by Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser, was aimed at deterring the growing wave of violent crimes on the city metro. (RELATED: DC Council Votes Down Metro Safety Plan)
Metro officials questioned some of the teenagers involved in the Brookland incident, however none were arrested or charged. Police are still looking for suspects in the assault on the female Trinity student.
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