Student changes schools to get away from bullies — but they find him at bus stop

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SEATTLE — Seattle police say the attack happened Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Webster.

The 13-year-old victim stepped off a Metro bus and immediately saw three boys who allegedly bullied him during the last school year.

The bullying was said to have been so bad that he changed schools to get away.

“He tried to get back on the bus, was unable. As the bus left, the three boys surrounded him and assaulted him pretty viciously. He suffered, thankfully, minor injuries but we are considering this felony assault at this time,” Seattle police detective Drew Fowler said Thursday.

The boy couldn’t get back on the bus because, police say, the driver wouldn’t let him.

“That appears to be the case,” Fowler said.

Metro Transit said it is early in its investigation and they are yet sure who the driver is, but a spokesman released a statement saying: “This was a terrible incident and Metro will be working with Seattle Police so we can clearly understand the circumstances.”

Seattle police arrested two of the teenage suspects shortly after the incident, and said they know who the third one is and are looking for him.

Bullying is certainly not a new problem, but it appears to be getting worse and, at times, more violent.

The fact that it has also now moved online makes matters even worse.

Parents want the outstanding suspect brought to justice.

"I think it's horrible. I don't think people should have to put up with other people's ignorant attitude to bully other people,” parent Heather Barrera said.

Police feel the same way and they want to catch the third suspect as soon as possible because stopping bullying is a top priority.

"To make sure that every student in the Seattle School District has a safe and bullying free, as much as possible, environment to do their learning,” Fowler said.

Anyone with information about this crime should call 911.

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2 comments

  • nobody

    Don’t try to blame the bus driver. The driver has too many responsibilities as it is and how is he/she supposed to know which of these kids to let on the bus and which to not let on? It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation. Had the driver even known this kid wanted back on and had let him on, then the other three would have also been at the door pounding on it within a few seconds and then what? The driver is supposed to open the door for them as well, then, according to you. So then a beat down happens on the Metro bus, possibly injuring others. There is no way for a bus driver to know some kid who just got off the bus wants back on because he’s afraid of bullies. The driver has too much multitasking to do as it is. Managing social problems is a bit much to ask. Leave the driver out of it and solve your social problems.

  • Mark

    Metro bis drivers are rude and inconsiderate to those around them. I have personally witnessed 6 accidents between pedestrians / cyclists and vehicles. 5 of them were Metro bus drivers. Considering the number of bus drivers vs cars on the road that ratio should not be that high. I also witness them breaking the law by blocking intersections on a regular basis completely messing up traffic for blocks around them (which includes their own co-workers)

    In my neighborhood, the metro drivers often straddle the middle of the road, making it hazardous for those around them.

    I am not surprised the Metro driver had no consideration for the safety of another human being. They don’t even think about the impact they have on other bus drivers when they block the traffic by sitting through a cross green light.

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