Yeah, I had to make up a new word for this, ratchgedy: a ratchet tragedy. That’s what I consider this latest instance of public transportation foolery when the the spirit of Artis Hughes appeared to visit a Baltimore bus driver who let out a mean thrashing on a teen passenger aboard her bus.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the altercation between the female bus driver and student took place on the No. 40 bus line around 2 p.m. Monday. By the time other passengers began recording the fight, the driver and teen girl were already engaged in a tussle, with the driver attempting to hold down the girl as she punched and kicked her. The fight moved from the side seats to the back of the bus as the driver rocked and dragged the teen who, despite the size and age difference, put up a pretty tough fight.
Throughout the fighting you can hear the driver ask the girl multiple times, “You wanna fight somebody?” and then ask, “You wanna fight somebody back? Does it make you feel better?” which almost sounds as though she may have laid hands on the passenger first but the mobile footage doesn’t show what started things off.
MTA spokesman Terry Owens told the Sun that the bus driver, whom he didn’t identify, has worked for the MTA since 2003 and has been suspended for her actions. He also said MTA Police have interviewed the driver and the student and are currently conducting an investigation.
“Police will review the YouTube video. They are also pulling the video from the bus to see if it provides a more thorough picture of what happened,” Owens said.
“The YouTube video does have some audio on it, so our guys will be able to listen to that and see where the investigation takes us.”
When the Sun asked about the altercation that took place in Cleveland with Artis Hughes uppercutting passenger Shidea Lane, Owens said he didn’t know how many drivers of his drivers had seen the video, but regardless of any influence it may have had, Baltimore MTA has a “very clear” policy about interacting with passengers.
“While they receive some conflict-resolution training, our procedure is for operators not to engage a passenger if there’s a problem on a bus,” Owens said. “Our operators are trained to call a supervisor. If there appears to be any serious threat of bodily harm, then they are expected to call radio dispatch and have a police officer come to the scene.”
Looks like this driver didn’t give two you know whats about that policy. Check out the video here. Thoughts?