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A series of photos of what appeared to be a group of teenagers mobbing a 97 bus at the Stadium-Armory Metro station made the rounds on Twitter this afternoon. Taken by Tim Krepp, the photos show several kids climbing on top of and on the sides of the bus.
According to Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel, D.C. police received a call about the incident around 12:30 p.m. MPD and the Metro Transit Police responded at the scene. Stessel was unable to provide details about what precisely happened prior to the police arriving, but says officers found a few dozen juveniles, ages 15 to 17, “acting disorderly.” No weapons were found on the scene, and police recorded no assaults and made no arrests. One transit police officer sustained a minor leg injury while dispersing the crowd, Stessel says.
Clarifying initial Twitter speculation that the bus driver “fled the scene,” Stessel says the driver followed protocol, which was to turn off the bus and get off.
Stessel did not confirm where the juveniles attend school, though Eastern High School is a few blocks from where the incident took place, and all DCPS students had just been let out for an early dismissal. In a series of short videos of the incident provided to City Paper, several dozen students can be seen hurrying away from the bus; it appears that a relatively small number were actually participating.
Stessel suggested that “maybe too much sugar” was a factor in the incident.
Photos courtesy Tim Krepp