The student, who has asked that CTV News Vancouver conceal her identify as she fears for her safety, believes her ethnicity played a role in other passengers’ indifference to her situation and the teens’ willingness to confront her physically.
Minutes later, she says, they pulled out a bottle of vodka from one of their backpacks and began drinking and vaping while talking loudly.
That’s when one of the teen girls allegedly started punching her in the face, with the other joining in to punch, scratch and pull her hair as the bus was stopped at Seymour and Pender streets in downtown Vancouver.
Metro Vancouver Transit Police tell CTV News they arrested the teens at Commercial-Broadway station soon after the incident.
“Metro Vancouver Transit Police would like to remind the public that if they come across a situation that makes them feel unsafe or concerned for someone else’s safety to discreetly text us in real-time at 87.77.77,” said Yake.