Video of woman arguing with PVTA bus passengers in Amherst goes viral

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Staff Writer
Published: 1/23/2020 4:09:34 PM

AMHERST — A video of a woman arguing with fellow passengers about two students not speaking English while riding on a PVTA bus has gone viral on social media.

The YouTube video of the 5-minute encounter between the woman and other bus riders, in part titled “Racist white lady gets put in her place,” has been viewed more than 4.6 million times since being posted on Dec. 23.

The incident, reported to Amherst Police that morning at 10:05 a.m., started when the woman made comments to two Chinese international students. According to dispatch logs supplied by police, the woman initiated the dispute when she said to the students, “Can you speak English so everyone can understand you?”

The video picks up as other passengers tell the woman that the students were having a private conversation and inform her that the United States has no official language.

Aware that she was being filmed, the woman argues that she isn’t racist.

“I love every country, but when they come to America, it would be nice if they spoke English,” the woman says.

A short time later, an Amherst police officer boards the bus, stopped on Amity Street in front of the Jones Library. The woman acknowledges to the officer that she asked the two passengers to speak in English and adds that she was being harassed by others on the bus.

Police logs show that the response was initiated as a call from UMass Transit, which reported that a fight was taking place between two individuals.

According to the logs, the woman left cooperatively, and the bus driver was advised if she boarded the bus again and caused issues for passengers, she could be given a trespass notice.


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