Four students of St. Catharine’s Academy in the Pelham Gardens section of the Bronx were reportedly attacked for being rich white girls.
The 15-year-old schoolgirl friends were taking their usual bus ride home Tuesday, November 22 when they were attacked without provocation, leaving them with non-life-threatening injuries.
Two black young men starting taunted them saying, “Oh white girl got money”. The girls tried to ignore the comments and laugh it off; however, the young men were making phone calls for female back up.
At the next stop, approximately 7 young black girls got on the bus and began to pull their hair, punch them in the face and drag them by the ankles.
In an interview given to The Post, the girls said the trouble began as soon as they got on the bus. The young men started leering at them and snapping pictures.
One of the victims, who only wants to be identified by the initials LT because the attackers are still at large, said they were in their school uniforms when the young men tried chatting with them and then threatened to “piss on them.”
“Oh, you go to St. Catharine’s? What, do you have money? Go drink your coffee, white girl, and go shopping,” one of them said.
During the melee, the bus drive allegedly ignored the beatings. When the bus stopped, the black youths jumped off stealing one of the girl’s backpack that contained a iPad and some cash.
The police were called and the girls taken to Jacobi Medical Center for minor cuts and bruises. One of the girls reported, “All I remember is seeing the bus doors open and these girls have me by the ankles. One of the guys had me by my hair and punched me in the jaw.”
St Catherine’s Academy is a private school located in Bronx, NY. The high school serves students from grades 9 to 12. As in most Catholic schools, uniforms are required similar to those shown to below.
An attorney representing the girls, Scott Seskin, told The Post, “I’m going to use whatever contacts I have to have this investigated as a hate crime because of the language that was used that started the whole thing off.”
The NYPD is investigating the incident, and a source said it appears to be a case of racial bias.
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