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Student alleges assault after drop-off at wrong stop

Published: Wed, November 16, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.

Chaney boy says 3 males attacked him for his phone; district disputes account


By Christine keeling



A Chaney student says he was attacked after his substitute bus driver dropped him off at the wrong stop.

The boy, 16, alleges he was the victim of robbery and assault after being told to exit the school bus in front of Ally Food Mart at South and Avondale avenues.

He told police the bus driver failed to drop him off at his normal bus stop, at Gibson Street and Palmer Avenue on the city’s South Side.

“My son noticed that the driver had the wrong turn signal on and asked about his stop,” said the boy’s mother. “The driver told him he’d have to get out here because she was going to the East Side.”

As he exited the bus, the boy was approached by three males, who demanded his cellphone. When he refused, one male punched him in the face numerous times as two others pushed him in an attempt to take the phone, according to the police report. The mother said her son tried to call her during the attack. She said she heard a muffled sound as he struggled and then, “Mom, I just got jumped.”

She got into her car and arrived at the scene.

He was able to escape and run to neighbors, who called 911. He suffered a bloody nose and has swelling in his face. His mother said she thinks his nose may be broken.

“There is no reason for this,” she said. Her son “goes to school to get an education, because he has dreams.”

She said her son is an honor-roll student.

This wouldn’t have happened if the driver wouldn’t have dropped him at that location, the mother said.

The school district disputes the account relayed in the police report.

Karen Ingraham, the school district’s communication director, said in an email that the transportation supervisor checked Monday’s video from that bus.

“The supervisor could verify that the bus stopped at Erie and Hilton, crossed South Avenue and stopped again at the Gibson and Palmer bus stop,” the email said. “The bus did not make a stop at South Avenue/Avondale, which would have required a left-hand turn and would be five blocks outside of her route.”

She said the DVD would be stored on a computer in the school district transportation office and would be available for police follow-up.

A witness disagrees.

“He got off the bus at South and Avondale avenues,” said James Bell of Youngstown.

Bell said he was getting his son off the bus in front of his Avondale Avenue home when he saw the bus stop and drop the boy off by the store.

After the incident, officers arrived at the store and detained two teenagers on the side of the building and a third who had run into the store, according to the police report. But, because the victim was not on the scene, the three were released, after police identified two of them.

Officers reported being flagged by a neighbor, who was protecting the boy, as they left the scene. After speaking to the victim and witnesses, police reported they returned to the store, but the three males had fled the area.

A witness told police that after the robbery attempt, the three “stood there staring at them like they owned the place and feared nothing.”

His mother was visibly upset with the school district for making her son get off in a “high-crime area,” reported police.

She said this is not the first trouble she has had with busing. She said officers told her son to stay on the bus and go back to the transportation garage if something like this ever happens again.

Police said Wednesday the robbery is under investigation.

Contributor: Staff writer Denise Dick


1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years ago

The Southside is a High Crime Area period! I suspect the kid is right and the driver failed him.

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2misslady(20 comments)posted 4 years ago

And these bums gets away while this child had a busted face no cell phone shame on the bus driver wonder what will happen to her/him? Sounds like they are already covering up for them. Something needs to be done that area is to bad to be dropping some kids off any way

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

"As he exited the bus, the boy was approached by three males, who demanded his cellphone. When he refused, one male punched him in the face numerous times as two others pushed him in an attempt to take the phone, according to the police report."

Enter the hood and you pay the toll . This boy will now be targeted for involving the law . The three who jumped him have nothing to fear . They operate with impunity .

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4author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years ago

Why police officers were investigating high school jinks - 2 people were murdered on the west side a day after one was murdered on the east side. Maybe it's time to be pro active around the ENTIRE city, not just South Ave?

Surprised the story didn't mention how far The Coconut Grove is from the high school jinks.

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5rushblvd(15 comments)posted 4 years ago

Ally Food --It is unbelievable that this drug&gang haven is allowed to be open..The police, DEA, and everyone else in law enforcement know this place is where all the punks hang, yet it is still open...The place should be torn down...

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6merlin77690(3 comments)posted 4 years ago

Tear it down and the PUNKS just move elsewhere....unfortunately the laws that are put in place to "Protect" us also protect the criminals.....it's sad to say but vigilanties with high powered rifles sitting on the hill picking these thugs off is the only way to extract them from our society

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7db(280 comments)posted 4 years ago

We can all be glad that ex-police chief Little Jimmy Hughes did such a great job in Youngstown and is now running for sheriff. Let's make him a millionaire this time.

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

These boys were taught well . Moma knows that they will bring home the offerings given up by donors . Unwilling donors get a beating or get shot .

Kill one of them and you will get your day in court before a Youngstown jury . When law enforcement has to take one out they are put on leave and investigated . If you can't stay away from high crime areas ( AKA THE HOOD ) at least be aware and have a plan to escape when confronted . Throw what they want on the ground and run . Don't hand it to them . They will go for your valuables first to allow you time to escape .

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9MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 4 years ago


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10mrblue(1162 comments)posted 4 years ago

If it is the wrong stop----Don't Get Off The Bus!

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11MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 4 years ago


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12walter_sobchak(2421 comments)posted 4 years ago

Forty years ago, this store was a Citgo station which was the drop-off point for my Vindy paper route. It was a great neighborhood where, if you had any trouble, you could knock on anyone's door and you would get help. If my memory serves me correctly, there were 14 taverns or bars between Indianola and Midlothian and there was very little violent crime like this. Maybe an occasional bar fight but nothing out-of-hand. Of course, you could always play the bug or the horses at these places. It is sad that the area has deteriorated to such a point where the mob-run establishments would be welcome.

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13legend33(169 comments)posted 4 years ago

Vigilante justice is the only way!

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

Lest we forget the legacy of the SouthSide . . ..


The night Bennie Adams took his victim to moma's house .


Bennie has the support of his mama . . ..


“My heart is heavy,” Lula Adams, 71, who resides on the city’s South Side, said after her son was sentenced.

She added: “I’m a child of the King and He will carry me through. And I do believe before he’s put to death, the truth will be found.”

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15Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years ago

"A witness told police that after the robbery attempt, the three “stood there staring at them like they owned the place and feared nothing.”

This is when you wish you could just blow them away quickly.

"His mother was visibly upset with the school district for making her son get off in a “high-crime area,” reported police."

I'm sure he knew this was a "high-crime area", so he could have stayed on the bus and called his mom to come and get him. He was not forced to get off. Hes 16, a honor roll student, and still got off the bus. A little inconvenient but this could have been ALL avoided with just a tiny bit of "Common Sense".

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16VindyPost(436 comments)posted 4 years ago

Latest event: Student Changes Story Regarding Bus Driver.


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