Elham Asaad Buaras
A 15-year-old Muslim girl was spat and threatened with violence and called a “terrorist” by a middle aged man on her way to school while fellow bus passengers laughed at her ordeal.
The teen was wearing a hijbab while riding the Q88 bus on her way to school in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, New York, on April 10. She accidentally brushed her bag against the man, sending him into an Islamophobic-filled tirade.
The man, who is described as a 5-foot-7 middle-aged white man, allegedly raised his fist at the teen, threatening her. “He kept cursing, terrorist and stuff,” said the teen who wished to remain anonymous. “He kept cursing and ‘Oh, you Muslim piece of s***, you’re a terrorist.’ ”
She responded by calling her attacker a “piece of s***,” prompting him to allegedly say, “Do you think I’m afraid to hit you? I will kill you.”
Although the man allegedly pushed the girl, spat on her three times, called her a terrorist, and threatened to kill her, she says no one on the bus helped her.
“They were laughing,” she said of her fellow passengers. “What if that were your daughter? Wouldn’t you stand up for her? ”
The man reportedly got off the bus when it stopped along Kissena Boulevard near Queens College.