- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dozens of teens reportedly descended upon a Philadelphia school bus and assaulted students and the driver, just three days after a “flash mob” attacked students at nearby Temple University.

Sources told a local Fox News affiliate Tuesday that the bus was dropping children off from Holy Cross Catholic School when police answered a call of a disorderly crowd in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood.

“A bunch of kids running around, going crazy. Older lady standing at the bus stop. Knocked her over. They ran on the bus driver. Beat up the bus driver,” one witness said.

“Another student was spit on. Another student’s bookbag was taken and the bus driver was spit on. And of course, they were cursing and everything and yelling,” said one mother, whose second-grade daughter was on the bus.

Independence Mission Schools confirmed that three students were punched on the bus just after it drove into an ongoing fight between teens from two other schools Monday afternoon, Fox reported.

The Philadelphia Police Department said it is investigating the incident.

It comes after a “flash mob” of more than 150 teens caused a chaotic and violent scene Friday night near Temple University, less than 6 miles from where the bus attack reportedly occurred.

The teenagers randomly attacked and tackled passersby for hours in the North Philadelphia neighborhood as police tried to control the situation. Despite some rumors, police stressed that the attacks were random and not racially motivated, The Washington Post reported.

Joe Lauletta, told a ABC News affiliate, that his daughter was one of the pedestrian victims.

“Her head was stomped on. The whole side of her face, the back of her head was black and blue,” he said. “Her arms, her legs, her back, her ribs. She was on the ground. They were kicking her.”

As many as 50 juveniles were taken into custody and four were charged with crimes.

Two Temple police officers said Friday’s attack seemed to mimic the “flash mobs” that hit Center City in recent years, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.


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