By: Micaela Shambee– Editor, The Drive
As a college student riding the CTA everyday to get to classes, hearing about a stabbing attack is extremely unsettling.
“The woman was sitting on the bus when another woman sitting behind her stabbed her in the back of the head, police said.”
ABC 7 News reported April 1st,
A 30-year-old woman was stabbed while riding a CTA bus on the Magnificent Mile Sunday night, Chicago police said.
The stabbing occurred on the 147 CTA bus at about 10:15 p.m. along Michigan Avenue near Ontario Street, police said.
The woman was sitting on the bus when another woman sitting behind her stabbed her in the back of the head, police said. It’s not clear what she was stabbed with, but police said whatever it was, was inside a glove.
The victim had a minor cut to the back of the head. She was looked at by paramedics at the scene and was not transported to a hospital.”
Everyday while riding the CTA, I see people wearing headphones listening to music, or peering down into their smart phones, either not paying attention to their surroundings or unable to hear anything, as their ears are obstructed by alarmingly loud music.
“It is your duty to make sure that you are safe and alert when riding public transportation. .”
This type of attack can happen to anyone, so it is important to be aware of your surroundings. It is your duty to make sure that you are safe and alert when riding public transportation. Unlike CTA trains, there are no security guards with dogs checking the bus at every stop, so it is essential that you wait to play your music, and put away your cellphone until you arrive at your destination.
Though the victim was not reported to have been obstructed by any devices, let this attack be a heed of caution: stay aware of your surroundings when traveling on public transportation.
Stay informed, open-minded, and driven.